Databases Construction & Use 15 credits at SCQF 11

Databases Construction & Use [BSM053]

1. Overview

This module will give you the ability to explain the key concepts of database design and manipulation, using the relational model.

It will develop your  skill in the practical implementation of database applications in a relational database management system (RDBMS). It will enable you  to explore the main features of a DBMS and different models of database architecture (hierarchical, network, relational, object−oriented).

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Design a normalised database in relational form.
  2. Demonstrate database table creation and analyse effective database querying in SQL.
  3. Implement, test and evaluate a relational database application using a DBMS.
  4. Explain the main features of a DBMS and analyse the principles used in DBMS design.
  5. Evaluate critically the different forms of DBMS architecture.

2. What you will study

  • Creating and Linking database tables
  • Network and hierarchical data models
  • The object-oriented data model
  • RDBMS and conceptual modelling
  • Retrieving data using queries
  • Conceptual Modelling
  • Changing data using queries
  • E-R model to relational model
  • Form Creation
  • Normal forms
  • SQL
  • Reports
  • Access Basic
  • Database Administration

3. How you will learn

You will learn through a mix of online lectures, interactive work and self-guided study.  Attendance at the University is therefore not required.

4. Entry Requirements

The course is ideal for students who possess an undergraduate honours degree in any discipline or who have relevant work experience.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, will need either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL.

5. Placements and Accreditations

This module is part of the MSc Information Management course, which is accredited by CILIP.

6. How to apply

For general enquiries please call 01224 262209 or email

7. Assessment

All learning outcomes will be assessed by an exercise requiring the design and creation of a database.

8. Fees and payment options

The fee for this course is £950.

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15 credits at SCQF 11

Start Date


Course Length

15 weeks

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

Academic School
Information Management Department Aberdeen Business School