School of Computing Short Learning Programmes (SLPs)

database design (70041)

The goal of this short course is to provide an introduction to conceptual database design. Conceptual databases are designed where basic concepts are introduced and students get the opportunity to apply these concepts.

Target group
The target group for this course people without any prior knowledge of databases, or persons who are end users of databases but have never been involved in designing a database, or lastly, persons who may have used 4GL tools to build database applications, but who lack the conceptual background on relational databases and knowledge as to how to optimise the design of relational tables for an application.

Admission requirements
Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification.
We assume that you have previously passed a computer literacy course or have end-user experience in using computers and the Microsoft Windows environment.

Semester course (offered during Semester 1 and Semester 2)

Language medium

Registration periods

Tuition method
Distance learning only: The distance teaching model of Unisa will be used in offering this course.

Kind of assessment
Note: Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies.
Formative assessment: Students are expected to complete a total of two assignments.
Summative assessment: The theoretical examination can be written at any of the Unisa examination centres.

Database Design (CSDB1DX)
HEQF Level of Module – 5
Credits of Module – 12

Syllabus/Course Content
- The database environment
- Fundamentals of data modelling
- Relational model
- Normalisation of database tables
- Advanced data modelling

Course Fee
The fee for this course is R4400.00

Study package
Included: Downloadable tutorial letters and study material. The prescribed textbook is: Database Principles - fundamentals of design, implementation, and management. Coronel, C; Morris, S; Rob, P; & Crockett, K. 2013. 2nd Editions. ISBN: 9781408048634 Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

Course leader
Prof E Mnkandla
School of Computing
Office: GJG 3-31, GJ Gerwel Building, UNISA Science Campus, Florida

Programme administrator(s)

Ms Pertunia Masalesa
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 05
Tel: 011 670 9139/9189

Fax: 011 670 9174/9274