Database Design: A Modern Approach
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.
In this course, you will perform steps to design a relational database, including gathering requirements, data modeling, and planning implementation.
- 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.
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
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