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Database Design for Mere Mortals
Are you being asked to track information as part of your job? Are you tempted to use Excel because Access is too intimidating? Or has your Excel spreadsheet outlived its effectiveness as a “database?” Come learn how a quick and lively introduction to properly designing a database can ensure maximization of your data’s usefulness. Avoid the common pitfalls that often trap new database creators. A text on database processing is provided to supplement the material covered in class and to be used as a handy reference in the future.
NOTE: This course includes a mixture of lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises. It is not a hands-on computer course. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
Use data modeling techniques to make sense of your data
Normalize data into logical fields and tables
Explain the use of database terms such as unique keys and foreign keys
Practice relational operations to link tables
Discuss the meaning of one-to-many and one-to-one relationships
Practice designing intersection tables to resolve many-to-many relationships
Suggested prerequisites: An Access course or some experience using a database is recommended prior to taking this course.
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