DD1364 Database Technology 7.5 credits


Please note

This course has been cancelled.

A second course in computer science that covers the fundamentals of database technology.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 14.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The students will, upon completion of the course, be able to model and implement a database. Further on they will have written an application program operating a database.

This implies that the students should:

  • understand the functions and architecture of a database system,
  • be able to discuss advantages and disadvantages with different database models,
  • be able to model and structure data according to actual constraints and be able to discuss advantages and disadvantages with different implementations of a database and its constraints,
  • understand how to choose index structures and decide which index structures are usable in different situations,
  • be able to use a query language to formulate queries and also to describe the mathematical foundations for data manipulation languages,
  • understand and be able to explain the implications of different constraints on the database,
  • fully understand the mechanisms for optimization of queries,
  • fully understand the principles of concurrency and recovery handling,
  • fully understand the solutions to security problems,
  • be able to write embedded SQL in a 3rd generations programming language.

Course main content

Definition of the relation model. Information structuring according to the “Entity Relationship”-model.

Functional dependencies and what they mean for good database design. Normalization. Query languages and the mathematics behind them. Methods for storage and retrieval. Transaction handling. Assertion of security and integrity. Fourth generation development tools for design of database systems. Development of information systems. Overview of different models for data representation. Laboratory assignments using experimental and commercial systems.



Silberschaty, Korth, Sudarshan: Database Systems Concepts.


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see: http://www.kth.se/csc/student/hederskodex/1.17237?l=en_UK.

Requirements for final grade

The students participating in the course are expected to take part in all activities on the course with a particular emphasis on the exercises and laboratories.
In addition the course focuses on training:
• acquiring knowledge.
• training oral and written presentation.
Examination by one examination (TEN1; 4 university credits), laboratory assignments (LAB1; 3,5 university credits), seminar and training tasks.

Offered by

CSC/Computer Science


John Folkesson


John Folkesson <johnfol@kth.se>

Supplementary information

The last time the course is given is 2010/2011.

Add-on studies

DD2469 Database Theory, DD2471 Modern Database Systems and Their Application DD2483 Development of Web Applications with Enterprise Java, DD2472.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2009.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.