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Database Design: A Modern Approach

Database Design: A Modern Approach
Course Description Overview

Course Specifications

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Course Length:

1 day

Course Description Overview:

For many new or intermediate database developers, it’s difficult to know where to start when designing a relational database. It’s easy to make the mistake of assuming that the functionality of a database will take shape over time, or the design will fall into place as you build the database.


This course introduces a process for effectively planning and designing a functional, efficient database. Knowing how to plan a relational database is important to the success of the databases you create. Without planning, you cannot possibly know what the database needs to do, or even what information to include in the database. Planning a database is essential and prevents the extra work of fixing data maintenance problems later on.


The concepts are not specific to a particular software application and can be applied to any relational database management system.

Course Objectives:

In this course, you will perform steps to design a relational database, including gathering requirements, data modeling, and planning implementation.


You will:


  • Follow an efficient process for designing a relational database.
  • Define the database conceptual model.
  • Define the database logical model.
  • Apply database normalization methods to improve the initial design of a database.
  • Complete the database design, including controls to ensure its referential integrity and data integrity.


Target Student:
This course is designed for students who need to learn database design essentials, typically in preparation for, or as a supplement to, a course on SQL such as South African Career Campus' SQL Querying: Fundamentals (Second Edition) and courses on specific relational database platforms.


To ensure your success in this course, you should have fundamental computer skills. 

You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following South African Career Campus course:


  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 10


Course-specific Technical Requirements Hardware:


Course-specific Technical Requirements Software:
Course Content:

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Relational Database Design

 Topic A: Identify Database Components

 Topic B: Identify Common Database Design Problems

 Topic C: Follow a Database Design Process

 Topic D: Gather Requirements

Lesson 2: Defining the Database Conceptual Model

 Topic A: Create the Conceptual Model

 Topic B: Identify Entity Relationships

Lesson 3: Defining the Database Logical Model

 Topic A: Identify Columns

 Topic B: Identify Primary Keys

 Topic C: Identify and Diagram Relationships

Lesson 4: Normalizing Data

 Topic A: Avoid Common Database Design Errors

 Topic B: Comply with Higher Normal Forms

Lesson 5: Finalizing the Database Design

 Topic A: Adapt the Physical Model for Different Systems

 Topic B: Ensure Referential Integrity

 Topic C: Ensure Data Integrity at the Column Level

 Topic D: Ensure Data Integrity at the Table Level

 Topic E: Design for the Cloud

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