Fall 2021 - CMPT 354 D200

Database Systems I (3)

Class Number: 5637

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SRYE 1002, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SRYE 1002, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 225 and (MACM 101 or (ENSC 251 and ENSC 252)), all with a minimum grade of C-.



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).



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



To be determined in the first week of classes.

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



  • Fundamentals of Database Systems, Elmasri and Navathe, Pearson, 2016,, 7th. Edition

ISBN: 9780133970777

  • Database systems the complete book, Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey D.Ullman, Jennifer Widom, Prentice Hall, 2009,, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9780131873254

  • Database Systems: An Application-Oriented Approach, Michael Kifer, Arthur Berstein, Philip M. Lewis, Addison Wesley, 2005,, The complete version

ISBN: 9780321268457

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