Summer 2022 - CMPT 354 D100

Database Systems I (3)

Class Number: 3433

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

    Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, 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.


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 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). OLAP and data mining will be briefly introduced. As well, if time permits XML and/or Datalog will be introduced.


  • Introduction to Database Systems
  • The Relational Model
  • Database Design: The ER Model
  • Query languages: SQL, one or more of the relational calculus, relational algebra, datalog
  • Relational Database Design: Normalization and Functional Dependencies OLAP and introduction to data
  • OLAP and introduction to data mining
  • If time permits: Introduction to XML and/or Datalog



To be discussed 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).



A First Course in Database Systems

  • 3rd Edition
  • Jeffrey D. Ullman, Jennifer Widom,
  • Prentice Hall,
  • 2007

ISBN: 9780136006374

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