MBA609 Database Management Systems

for F2P 2009

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MBA 609 Database Management Systems


F2P 2009 DL


DiLeo, John J.


Associate Graduate Faculty


M.S. and D.Sc., The George Washington University
M.S.A., Central Michigan University
B.S.E.E, The Johns Hopkins University

Office Location

Adjunct Faculty - No Park University office

Office Hours

By appointment - Contact by phone or e-mail to arrange

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Fall 2 2009: October 19 - December 13

Class Days


Credit Hours



There are two textbooks required for this course:

Concepts of Database Management, Sixth Edition
Course Technology/Cengage Learning, 2008

ISBN: 1-4239-0147-9

Authors: Philip J. Pratt and Joseph J. Adamski

Also available as an eTextbook from iChapter at:

 Front Cover of Pratt/Adamski Textbook

New Perspectives on Microsoft Office Access 2007: Comprehensive
Course Technology/Cengage Learning, 2008

ISBN: 1-4239-0589-X

Authors: Joseph J. Adamski and Kathleen T. Finnegan

Also available as an eTextbook from iChapter at:

 Front Cover of Adamski/FinneganTextbook

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
MBA 609 Database Management Systems: This course explores the overall techniques used to design data bases and data base management systems. Principles for determining database management systems. Principles for determining database requirements, components and architectures are addressed. Topics include data dictionaries; use of case tools in developing databases; data integrity, security and privacy issues; user interface; and innovative programming languages. A final project involving the design of an actual corporate database is required.

Educational Philosophy:

It’s my duty as your instructor to ensure students enrolled in an online course receive the same “educational value” as those enrolled in a face-to-face presentation of the same course. Whether you are enrolled in a face-to-face or online section of this course, you will cover the same material, perform the same assignments, and be examined on the same concepts.

In either setting, our focus is on the Core Outcomes and Learning Objectives established for the course, and all course activities are designed to help you attain those objectives. The biggest difference is the way we go about these things. In an online section, "Lectures" are in the form of written notes and/or PowerPoint presentations; even so, they’re supplemented by outside reading assignments (textbooks, articles, Web pages, etc.), just as they would be in a face-to-face classroom.

One of the most important aspects of instructor-led learning is the ability to interact with the instructor and other students in the class. Since online students are not together in the same room, we accomplish this interaction using tools available in the online classroom:

  • "In-Class" discussion takes place using Threaded Discussions;
  • Questions can be addressed to me through Threaded Discussions or e-mail (for more personal matters);
  • Group project work is facilitated by the Group tools (Group Document Sharing, Group Discussion Area, Group Chat sessions, and Group E-mail distribution lists).

Class Assessment:

Students will be able to track their grade throughout the course.  Standards for each assignment will be given in advance.

Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly Reading Assignments;
  • Submitting answers to Weekly Discussion Questions and performing Peer Reviews of other students' submitted responses;
  • Submitting completed weekly Access Lab Projects;
  • Submitting individual and group assignments for the weekly Group Project assignments;
  • Completing Weekly Review Quizzes;
  • Completing a Midterm Examination; and
  • Completing a final Term Paper.


Grading weights are as follows:

Discussion Questions and Peer Review 16%
Access Lab Projects 24%
Group Projects 24%
Weekly Quizzes 8%
Midterm Examination 14%
Final Term Paper 14%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each week's work must be completed by the due dates specified for that week. Assignments received after their stated due dates will incur a 10% reduction in your score for each three days (or fraction thereof) that your assignment is late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Database Concepts Access Lab
1 Chapter 1: Introduction to Database Management Tutorial 1: Creating a Database
2 Chapter 2: The Relational Model 1: Introduction, QBE, and Relational Algebra Tutorial 2: Building a Database and Defining Table Relationships
3 Chapter 3: The Relational Model 2: SQL Tutorial 3: Maintaining and Querying a Database
4 Chapter 4: The Relational Model 3: Advanced Topics
Midterm Examination
Tutorial 4: Creating Forms and Reports
5 Chapter 5: Database Design 1: Normalization Tutorial 5: Creating Advanced Queries and Enhancing Table Design
6 Chapter 6: Database Design 2: Design Method Tutorial 7: Creating Custom Reports
7 Chapter 7: DBMS Functions Tutorial 9: Using Action Queries and Advanced Table Relationships
8 Chapter 8: Database Administration
Chapter 9: Database Management Approaches
Final Term Paper
Tutorial 10: Automating Tasks with Macros

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Carefully review the "Academic Honesty" section of the Graduate Catalog (pages 31 - 33 in the 2009-2010 Catalog).

In this course, a first violation will incur a minimum sanction of a zero (0) on the affected assignment(s). A second violation by the same student will result in a minimum sanction of a final grade of 'F' for the course.

In the event of serious or egregious violations, more severe sanctions may be recommended to the Dean of the School of Business.

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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