Course Description

Introduces the process for effectively planning and designing a functional, efficient database. Learn the steps in designing a relational database, including gathering requirements, data modeling, and planning implementation. Course prepares for more advanced training in database technologies such as Transact-SQL. Concepts are not specific to a particular software application and can be applied to any relational database management system.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Getting Started with Relational Database Design
    • Identify Database Components
    • Identify Common Database Design Problem
    • Follow a Database Design Process
    • Gather Requirements
  • Lesson 2: Defining the Database Conceptual Model
    • Create the Conceptual Model
    • Identify Entity Relationships
  • Lesson 3: Defining the Database Logical Model
    • Identify Columns
    • Identify Primary Keys
    • Identify and Diagram Relationships
  • Lesson 4: Normalizing Data
    • Avoid Common Database Design Errors
    • Comply with Higher Normal Forms
  • Lesson 5: Finalizing the Database Design
    • Adapt the Physical Model for Different Systems
    • Ensure Referential Integrity
    • Ensure Data Integrity at the Column Level
    • Ensure Data Integrity at the Table Level
    • Design for the Cloud

Learner Outcomes

  • 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.
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