IS361 Data Management Concepts

for F1D 2012

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IS 361 Data Management Concepts


F1D 2012 DAH


Abbott, Luchezar A.


Adjunct Instructor


M.S., Computer Science

Office Location

355 MSS/DPE 5260 Granite Street Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ 85707-3009

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates


Class Days

Wednesday; online other days of week

Class Time

Wednesday; 5:30 - 8:45 PM


CS 219

Credit Hours


Modern Database Management • 10TH 11

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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

This is a blended modality course. Each Wednesday the class will meet onsite in the assigned classroom from 5:30 pm to 8:45 pm. The remaining contact and learning environment will be through the on-line component in the eCollege. The student is responsible to attend the on-site class meeting and be disciplined to satisfy the on-line elements in a timely manner as prescribed in the class assessment section below.

Educational Philosophy:
Each week we will focus on the various aspects of database technology from the basic terms of the discipline, through data modeling, to the concepts utilized in the physical design and implementation of a database. This course will build on the global and multinational aspects of databasing including the international nature and accessibility of information, and the de-facto standardization of technology both for a vendor provided database management system (DBMS) and language, the structured query language (SQL). Students are expected to be well prepared to discuss the text examples and assignments provided in each chapter. 

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).

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 threaded discussion each week requiring an initial post and a minimum of three peer response, a quiz, and a homework assignment.

Threaded Discussion:
The initial post in the discussion board must be completed no later than 11:59 pm CST on Friday to allow sufficient time for the appropriate peer responses.  I do not have a minimum sentence/word count requirement for the discussion posts, but in order to receive credit, the posts must fully answer the question in a manner that sparks discussion amongst peers.  Simple, yes/no responses will not be sufficient. 

Minimum of three peers responses will be required.  Once again, a substantial response is required, not simple "I agree with you".

Threaded discussions will constitute 240 points or 24% of your final grade.

The weekly quizzes must be completed no later than
11:59 pm CST on Sunday to receive credit.  They will be locked after the deadline and will not be open for retaking.  They can be only taken once and will be timed for 60 minutes.

The 8 quizzes will constitute 160 points or 16% of your final grade.

Homework assignments must be turned in
no later than 11:59 pm CST on Sunday to receive credit.  Exceptions may be granted with prior approval for valid reasons.

The 8 homework assignments
will constitute 400 points or 40% of your final grade.

Final Exam:
The final exam will be taken during week 8 and will be timed for 2 hours. It will be closed book, closed notes, and the use of a laptop computer or electronic devices will not be allowed. The exam will cover topics from both the in-person and online class sessions.

The final exam
will constitute 200 points or 20% of your final grade.

The course points will be broken down as follows:

  Homework Quiz Discussion Final Exam Total
Week 1 50 20 30   100
Week 2 50 20 30   100
Week 3 50 20 30   100
Week 4 50 20 30   100
Week 5 50 20 30   100
Week 6 50 20 30   100
Week 7 50 20 30   100
Week 8 50 20 30 200 300

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Generally, no late assignments will be accepted.  Of course, there if extenuating circumstances arise outside of your control, we can reasonably agree on a make-up period, as long as you receive prior approval.

Students tasked with a TDY during the duration of the course must coordinate with the instructor as soon as possible.  For extended TDY, an option to take an incomplete is available but is not automatic.  Certain mandated requirements must be met (student must have completed at a minimum 50% of the course work, etc...). 

No extra credit will be awarded.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I encourage you to bring your own personal laptop, if you can.  The school campus has laptops that they can check out if you need to.  If you bring your laptop (or tablet), please do not use it to surf the Internet, check personal email, Facebook, etc. - it is very distracting to other students.
Don't bring food to class; drinks are allowed unless in a computer lab.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
We are going to discuss the following topics online and in class.

Week 1 – Introduction to Database Development – Chapter 1
Week 2 – Data/Modeling/Entity – Chapter 2 and 3
Week 3 – Logical Database Design and Relational Model – Chapter 4
Week 4 – Physical Database Design and Client/Server Architecture – Chapter 5 and 8
Week 5 – Structured Query Language (SQL) – Chapter 6
Week 6 – Data Warehousing and Object-Oriented Databases – Chapter 9 and 13
Week 7 – Data and Database Administration – Chapter 11
Week 8 – Advanced Topics, Review, and Final Exam

Students are expected to review the slides, lectures, and actively participate in the discussion board prior to the schedule class time on Wednesdays. 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 98

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