Spring 2022 - CMPT 354 D100

Database Systems I (3)

Class Number: 6631

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 26, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • 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.


The global database market has over 50 billion U.S. dollars in size. Millions of web/mobile applications are using database systems to manage their data. SQL has become a prerequisite skill for being a data scientist or a data engineer. Now is the most exciting time to learn database systems. In this first database course, we will cover database design and the use of databases in applications, with a short introduction to NoSQL and SQL-on-Hadoop. The course includes extensive coverage of the relational model, relational algebra, SQL, normalization, and database constraints. After this course, the students should have a deep understanding of how to design a database for applications and how to query and manipulate data using SQL.


  • Database History
  • Data Model
  • SQL
  • Relational Algebra
  • Storage and Indexing
  • Database Design
  • Query Processing
  • Transaction Processing
  • NoSQL and Data Science & Data Engineering



WIll be discussed in the first class



Reference Book:
Database Systems: The Complete Book, Second Edition, Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey D. Ullman, Jennifer Widom, Prentice Hall, 2008, 9780131873254


Database Management Systems, Third Edition., Raghu Ramakrishnan/Johannes Gehrke, McGraw Hill, 2002
ISBN: 9780072465631

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