Fall 2020 - CMPT 354 D100

Database Systems I (3)

Class Number: 6609

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225, and (MACM 101 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)).



Logical representations of data records. Data models. Studies of some popular file and database systems. Document retrieval. Other related issues such as database administration, data dictionary and security.


Almost all organizations maintain their data using a database management system (DBMS). This course provides an introduction to DBMS. We focus on the most widely used model: the relational data model. Students will become familiar with the design of database applications and use of databases. We study design tools, database modeling and query languages, including the Structured Query Language (SQL). This class's lectures, office hours and exams will be 100% online. To complete this class, you must have a computer on which you can install and run a DBMS as well as a stable internet connection for watching lectures (either streaming real-time, or playback after the fact), completing in-class quizzes, and in-class exams.


  • Entity-Relationship model
  • Relational data model
  • Relational algebra and calculus
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Constraints and triggers
  • Database Applications Development
  • Normalization
  • Introduction to NoSQL
  • Introduction to OLAP (time permitting)


  • To be determined in the first week of classes.



  • Fundamentals of Database Systems, Elmasri and Navathe, Pearson, 2016, 9780133970777, 7th. Edition
  • Database systems the complete book, Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey D.Ullman, Jennifer Widom, Prentice Hall, 2009, 9780131873254, 2nd Edition
  • Database Systems: An Application-Oriented Approach, Michael Kifer, Arthur Berstein, Philip M. Lewis, Addison Wesley, 2005, 9780321268457, The complete version

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).