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Advanced Diploma in Database Systems

Learn the fundamentals of database systems, including management and data recovery methods in this free online course.

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In this free online course you'll learn that database systems are becoming an essential contributor to the success of most businesses and organisations and it pays to manage your data securely and effectively. This course introduces you to the main features, structures and operations of some of the most important and popular database systems. Start this course now and improve your knowledge and expertise in database management.
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    15-20 Hours
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In this free online course, you will learn how to operate basic database systems, including the main features, structures and operations of some of the most important and popular database systems. The course begins by introducing you to the architecture of database management systems, where you will study the entity-relationship model and relational algebra and its operators.

The course then covers tuple relational calculus and SQL queries. You will then be introduced to Normal Forms, Armstrong’s Axioms and various file organisation methods. The course also teaches you how to improve the performance and reliability of disks. Finally, you are introduced to the relational algebra operator’s algorithm, transaction schedules and the use of logging methods in data recovery.

This course will help you to become a professional in database systems management. If you are looking to kick-start your career in database management or refresh your knowledge in the field, this course is for you. Start this course today and improve your knowledge and expertise in database management.

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Database Management Systems

Entity Relationship Model

Introduction to Relational Data Model

Relational Database Querying

Fundamental SQL Principles

SQL Features

Functional Dependency

Normal Forms

File Organisation

Disks Organisation

Algorithm for Relational Algebra Operators

Transaction and Concurrency Control

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe a database management system and its components
  • Discuss the entity-relationship model
  • Explain relational algebra and its operators
  • Compare relational algebra and tuple relational calculus
  • Explain the fundamental principles and features of SQL
  • Discuss functional dependency and how it can be derived
  • Summarise the various forms of normal forms
  • Describe the various ways of organising files in database systems
  • Explain the handling of performance and reliability of disks in database systems
  • Examine the algorithm for relational algebra operators
  • Discuss transaction schedules and ACID properties
  • Explain the various methods of achieving data recovery in database systems


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