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Professional Academy Diploma in Database Fundamentals

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An understanding of how databases work is essential for any professional looking to develop their data literacy and become a rounded data manager, regardless of role or industry. This hands-on practical course will give you the foundational knowledge to work with any database you come across – managing data using SQL but also exploring some of the popular non-relational and cloud-based database solutions in the marketplace, such as MongoDB.

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  • Live online lectures with an industry expert
  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • €1700, €1,530 with discount code

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Database Fundamentals Course Modules

This practical course provides a comprehensive introduction to databases –their architecture, how to build them, and ways of extracting data from them. You will also learn Structured Query Language (SQL), the standardised programming language that is used to manage relational databases. An understanding of database models is particularly useful in organisations that have large volumes of raw data that is hard to reach (for example, data that isn’t scrapable or exportable, or where there is no API available). You will develop the skills to extract and manipulate such data to deliver real business value while following best practice in data management, security, and stewardship.

In addition, the course will look at other types of database (non-relational and cloud) and their use cases, plus dip into the emerging trends and evolutions in data management and database management systems.

1. Introduction To Databases

Explore the basic concepts of databases and why they are so important in data management.

  • Database concepts
  • Types of databases
  • Database users
  • Applications

2. Ethical, Privacy, & FAIR Data Principles

Gain an understanding of ethical, privacy, and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) principles for data stewardship, which are increasingly important in today’s data-driven world.

  • Introduction to ethical data principles
  • Data privacy and security
  • Introduction to FAIR data principles
  • Principles in database design

3. Database Models

Discover the most common database models (the data model in use, which determines the logical structure of any database) and their various applications.

  • Hierarchical database model
  • Network model
  • Relational model
  • Object model
  • Introduction to NoSQL models

4. Relational Database Design

Learn the principles of relational database design, which determines where dependencies are within datasets.

  • Normalisation
  • Functional dependencies
  • Keys
  • Applying ethical, privacy, and FAIR principles

5. Structured Query Language (SQL)

Jump into the basics of Structured Query Language (SQL) programming language and understand its use in database management.

  • SQL syntax
  • SELECT statements
  • Filtering data

6. Data Manipulation

Learn about data manipulation - adding (inserting), deleting, and modifying (updating) data in a database – using SQL data manipulation language (DML).

  • Basic commands/queries

7. Functions & Aggregates

Explore how SQL aggregate functions are used in data analysis.

  • Scalar and aggregate functions

8. Indexing & Query Optimisation

Learn about indexing techniques and query optimisation strategies.

  • Index types
  • Query execution plans
  • Performance tuning

9. Database Administration

Discover the roles and responsibilities of a database administrator.

  • Database security
  • Backup and recovery
  • User management
  • Ethical, privacy, and FAIR data principles

10. Database Management Systems & Emerging Trends

Explore some of the most exciting emerging trends in database technology, including big data, data analytics, and machine learning. Gain an understanding of cloud-based databases and their use cases.

  • Introduction to NoSQL systems (including MongoDB)
  • Trends and innovations in databases
  • Cloud-based databases (AWS, Google, Azure, etc.)

11. Non-Relational Databases: Part 1

Dive into the area of non-relational (or NoSQL) databases and what type of data storage they are most suitable for. Look at the main types of non-relational database (document, key-value, column-oriented, graph).

  • Non-relational database types
  • MongoDB: architecture, data model, querying, and indexing

12. Non-Relational Databases: Part 2

Explore other non-relational database types and their application, including a comparative study of NoSQL databases such as Couchbase and Amazon DocumentDB.

  • MongoDB: indexing strategies, and performance tuning

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

This course would be ideal for a professional who is already competent at analysing and visualising data (for example using Python) but who finds themselves working with data that is not particularly organised or accessible. Given the importance of data in business today, any IT professional will find value in a better understanding of databases and how they work. The course is also suitable for business professionals who work with data regularly and want to understand how to leverage databases more effectively. Although the course teaches Structured Query Language (SQL), it does not cover other programming languages like Python or R.

How will this course help with my career?

The skills and knowledge learned on this course would be ideal for a professional looking to start or develop their career as a database administrator, data analyst, back-end developer, etc. This course is an excellent complement to your other IT skills, developing knowledge you could leverage to advance in your current role or branch out into more a specialised position.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through a set of short MCQ exercises (20% of your assessment) completed each week, and a final project (80% of your assessment). The MCQs are designed to ensure key concepts have been learned and can be applied in context. The final project is a practical assignment where students must set up a database and then write queries using Structured Query Language (SQL) to solve given tasks, answering questions about the data contained in the database.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certification & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certification to your LinkedIn profile.

This Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit-bearing course. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills immediately applicable in the workplace.

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