COMM 437 - Database Technology
Databases are the workhorse of any business nowadays. We are no longer talking about whether one needs a database or not. Your neighbourhood grocery store probably already has one (or two!). Today the issues relate more to integration and at the same time distribution of mission critical information (not data!) than to the design and creation of databases. Therefore this course deals with the principles of database management and their application in organizations. The material is dealt with from the point of view of the user and the database administrator rather than the technical specialist that develops database software. It begins with an introduction to the basic principles of the database approach and the theoretical models that underlie the field (including relational and object-orientated data models).
Prerequisite: COMM 335.