COMPGC06 - Database Systems

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Code COMPGC06 (Also taught as: COMP3013 Database and Information Management Systems)
Year MSc
Prerequisites GC04
Term 2
Taught By John Dowell (50%), Graham Roberts (50%)
Aims This module builds on the introduction to relational databases course in COMP202P/GC04. It covers advanced data modelling and database development methodology, the techniques exploited by relational database technologies relating in particular to query processing and transaction management, and post relational database technologies including object oriented databases and web databases. The coursework is an interesting group project lasting the duration of the term and building a web facing database system using very contemporary technologies.
Learning Outcomes Understanding of the theory, methods and technologies of relational databases and their development. Competence with SQL and in building web facing database systems. Understanding of application issues and current trends in database technologies.


  1. Database development: framework and techniques
  2. SQL and query processing
  3. Transaction management
  4. Architecture of relational database management systems
  5. Post-relational databases and their applications
  6. Web and database management systems
  7. Business intelligence

Method of Instruction:

Each week students will attend a 'theory' seminar (1-2 hours, led by JD), a 'lab' lecture (1 hour, given by GR), and a group session in the lab (1 hour). The 'theory' lectures are provided by online video only which students must watch in advance of the weekly seminar. The 'lab' lectures will teach students how to use the technologies needed for the coursework. Visiting speakers from industry will give some of the seminar sessions.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (2.5 hours, 70%);
  • Coursework Section (1 piece, 30%).

To pass this course, students must:


  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all sections combined.

The examination rubric is:
Answer any 3 Questions out of 5. All questions carry equal marks.



Database systems: A practical guide to design, implementation and management, 3rd edition, Connolly/Begg, Addion Wesley, ISBN:0-201-70857-4



A comprehensive set of learning materials for the module are provided through moodle (UCL's e-learning environment) Link to Moodle