INET 4707

About This Course

This course prepares students to make decisions regarding the database technologies that should be included in an organization’s information technology portfolio. To that end, it covers:

  1. The theory and concepts of relational and NoSQL databases, the two predominant families of database technology.
  2. How to represent data in technology-independent, relational, and NoSQL data models.
  3. How to query relational and NoSQL databases, including hands-on experience with relational and NoSQL databases.
  4. How to determine which categories of relational and/or NoSQL databases are appropriate for a given application.
  5. Research into current and emerging database technology trends.

Sample course topics: Entity relation modeling, structured query language, key-value and column family, relational databases, advanced SQL, data warehouses, distributed transaction management, distributed databases, data security.

Sample textbooks:

  • Database Systems: Introduction to Databases and Data Warehouses, Nenad Jukic, Susan Vrbsky, and Svetlozar Nestorov
  • NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence, Pramod J. Sadalage and Martin Fowler


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Richard Howey

DBA, business administration, Metropolitan State University; MS, management of technology, University of Minnesota; BS, mathematics/computer science, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI 

Dr. Howey has worked in information technology and data management since 1975. At Univac Defense Systems (now Unisys), he developed software for real-time air traffic control and military command and control systems. Later, he was a data warehouse/business intelligence consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, among others. Most recently, he worked in enterprise architecture, information architecture, data warehousing/business intelligence, and data governance at Target and UnitedHealth Group. He has taught courses at Augsburg University and the Carlson School of Management. He is a Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP), a Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) and a Certified TOGAF 9 Enterprise Architect.

INet 4707 – Introduction to Databases

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