COMPGC06 - Database and Information Management 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 (66%), Graham Roberts (33%)
Aims This module builds on the introduction to relational databases course in COMPGC04. 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. The database management system
  2. Transaction Management
  3. Query processing
  4. Distributed databases
  5. SQL as data definition language
  6. Database implementation
  7. Data warehousing
  8. OLAP and Data mining
  9. Semi structured data
  10. New data models

Method of Instruction

The ‘theory lectures’ are provided by online videos watched weekly in advance and followed up by tutorial-style lectures. Weekly ‘project tutorials’ are provided by conventional lecture presentation. Students also attend a weekly lab session in which they carry out the group project coursework.


The course has the following assessment components:

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

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

To pass this course, students must:

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


Reading list available via the UCL Library catalogue.