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Unit information: Databases and Cloud Concepts in 2018/19

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Unit name Databases and Cloud Concepts
Unit code COMS20004
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Bernhard
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Database technologies underpin a large proportion of real-world computing systems, and their development is driving a revolution in cloud computing.

This unit provides students with the theory, principles and fundamentals of database systems, explores some practical applications, and introduces some of the concepts that underpin cloud computing. The taught material is a mixture of practical tools and theoretical background.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to: apply and evaluate principles and practices of database design; employ and analyze relevant database technologies; identify, compare and evaluate the features of cloud computing systems.

(Text in italics indicates areas where the Y2 students will be assessed to a higher level on the Bloom scale than the Y1 students.)

Teaching details

Lectures supported by labs and/or seminar sessions.

Assessment Details

The students will complete a series of formative assignments over the course of the unit. The summative assessment will be via a single examination at the end of the unit.

Compared to COMS10010, this unit will feature more advanced exercises and exam questions that test a higher level of understanding within the same topics.

Reading and References

Relevant literature will be indicated by the unit director. Relevant books could include:

B. Karwin, SQL Antipatterns: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming. Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-934-35655-5. £28

D. Sanderson, Programming Google App Engine with Java: Build and Run Scalable Web Applications on Google’s Infrastructure. O’Reilly, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-491-90020-8. £20.