IS361 Data Management Concepts

for U1J 2012

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IS 361 Data Management Concepts


U1J 2012 DN


McVicker, Michael J.


Adjunct Faculty


Masters of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science

Office Location

Downtown Classroom (By Appointment Only)

Office Hours

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Before Class)

Daytime Phone



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Semester Dates

June 4 - July 29 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours



Hoffer, Jeffrey A., Prescott, Ramesh Venkataraman, Heikki Topi, Modern Database Management, Tenth Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011, ISBN 978-0-13-608839-2.

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Course Description:
IS361 Data Management Concepts: This course provides an overview of data management concepts. This course will explore the enterprise perspective of managing data needs of an organization. This includes data integrity, database models, and integration of databases, security, and database administration issues. The student will be introduced to query processing within a database environment.
Prerequisite CS219 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of fostering student understanding through participation in classroom lectures and discussions, readings, quizzes, dialogs, examinations, projects, and the use of websites and supplemental writings. All students are encouraged to share their own personal views and experiences with respect to the topics being discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the differences between Data and Database management
  2. Explain the duties of the data and database administrator.
  3. Describe the creation and use of metadata and data dictionaries.
  4. Identify the organizational perspective of managing data such as efficiency, privacy, security, ethical responsibility, and strategic advantage
  5. Compare a Relational Database and Object Orientated Database.
  6. Analyze components of a Database Management System and the techniques used to store and access data within DBMS.
  7. Describe a Data Warehouse including possible designs, use and terminology.
  8. Explain and apply the fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL).

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify uses of databases in everyday life.
  2. Apply database development techniques to create a database to solve a real-world problem.
  3. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of database normalization.
  4. Explain the differences between logical and physical database design.
Core Assessment:
Short Essay questionsProblem Solving, e.g. hands on SQL assignments
True/False plus justification for the answer
Homework Assignments
Short Essay questions
Problem Solving
True/False plus justification for the answer
Write a short review/essay paper about a subject in database technology

Class Assessment:

There will be three bi-weekly exams, a database development project, a weekly discussion topic, and a final exam. The weekly discussion topic will cover contemporary topics in database management, as well as the reading material for that week of the course. Student class participation will also be graded.


·         Bi-weekly Quizzes/Points/Percent

o   Week 2                        100 pts                        10%

o   Week 4                        100 pts                        10%

o   Week 6                        100 pts                        10%

o   TOTAL                      300 pts            30%

·         Database Development Term Project/Points/Percent

o   Due Week 7               200 pts            20%

(Term Project Points Accumulated Weekly Toward the Total 200 pts)

·         Weekly Discussion Topics/Points/Percent

o   Week 1                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 2                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 3                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 4                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 5                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 6                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 7                        20 pts              2%

o   Week 8                        20 pts              2%

o   TOTAL                      160 pts            16%

·         Class Participation/Points/Percent

o   Continuous                140 pts            14%

·         Final Examination/Points/Percent

o   Week 8                       200 pts            20%


·         TOTAL COURSE POINTS:                       1000 pts

The total of all points received (total of all weekly assignments and final exam) will determine the student's letter grade as follows:

A =

90- 100%      1000-900 pts

B =

80-89%          899-800  pts

C =

70-79%          799-700  pts

D =

60-69%          699-600  pts

F =

< 60%            599-000  pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each week's work must be completed, posted, and uploaded by the end of that week (11:59 P.M. CST on Wednesday Night). Assignments received after this time will receive a 50% reduction in points. Assignments received more than a week late will not receive any credit.

I must have all assignments, to include your final project, by the last day of the term.

Any assignment received after the last day of the term will not be graded and will earn zero (0) points. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

There are no extra-credit or makeup assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight (Central Standard Time) the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed as specified in the syllabus. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully submitted so they are in my hands on the due date. 

Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Netiquette is a set of guidelines for how individuals communicate over the Internet. The important concept here is that students respect one another. 




Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Reading Assignment

Wkly Journal Topic

Database Dvmt Project

Quiz / Exam

1 (3/19/12)

Chapters 1 & 2

Course readings

2 (3/26/12)

Chapters 3 & 4

Course readings

Project assigned.

Quiz 1

3 (4/02/12)

Chapters 5 & 6

Course readings

In process.

4 (4/09/12)

Chapters 7 & 8

Course readings

In process.

Quiz 2

5 (4/16/12)

Chapters 9 & 10

Course readings

In process.

6 (4/23/12)

Chapter 11

Course readings

In process.

Quiz 3

7 (4/30/12)

Chapter 12

Course readings

Final project due.

8 (5/07/12)

Chapter 13

Course readings

Final Exam

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Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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