Advanced Desktop Databases – it261 (3 credits)
This course is a continuation in the study of desktop database software. Emphasis is placed on database design, reporting, queries and data analysis using desktop database software.
Data and Business Intelligence
- Differentiate between operational data and decision support data.
- Explain the need for data analysis.
- Define business intelligence.
Using Reports to Create Business Intelligence
- Create reports using the Report Wizard.
- Sort and filter data within a report.
- Create advanced reports using the Design view.
- Organize data in a report using group headers.
- Create aggregate fields in a report.
- Use print layout to improve the appearance of a report.
- Define a data warehouse.
- Compare and contrast the different decision support architectural styles.
- Explain how a data warehouse is implemented.
Normalizing a Relational Database
- Explain the purpose of normalization.
- Describe the stages of the normalization process.
- Normalize a database through the fifth normal form.
Designing Advanced Queries
- Create a query using multiple tables.
- Explain when to use crosstab and action queries.
- Create a subquery.
Extended Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD)
- Provide rationale in selecting primary keys.
- Create an Extended Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD).
- Create advanced tables.
- Use the Table Analyzer to improve the efficiency of a table.
Introduction to SQL
- Explain when to use each SQL data definition command.
- Use SQL data manipulation commands to create queries.
- Use aggregate functions in an SQL query.
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