UC Berkeley School of Information

IS 257: Database Management

Catalog description

Three hours of lecture per week. This course is concerned with the use of Database Management Systems (DBMS) to solve a wide range of information storage, management and retrieval problems, in organizations ranging from large corporations to personal applications, such as research data management. The course combines the practical aspects of DBMS use with more theoretical discussions of database design methodologies and the "internals" of database systems.

A significant part of the course will have students designing their own database and implementing it on different DBMS' running on different computer systems. We will use ACCESS and MySQL (Oracle may also be available). Other DBMS may also be used in addition to these, such as PostgreSQL.

In the theoretical portion of the course we will examine the major types, or data models, of DBMS (hierarchical, network, relational, and object-oriented). We will discuss the principles and problems of database design, operation, and maintenance for each data model.