Databases (2011/2012)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Carlo Combi
Carlo Combi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Mar 1, 2012 al Jun 15, 2012.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall G  
Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall G  

Learning outcomes

This course provides the student with the main theoretical concepts of the relational data model, of object and object-relational data models, and of the semistructured and XML data models. Related query languages will be introduced and some related technical issues will be discussed.


The relational data model: relational calculus, functional dependencies, normal forms and decompositions.

Temporal databases: basic concepts, data models, query languages, and technological issues.

Object and object-relational databases: data models and query languages.

Semistructured databases: basic concepts, XML, XML Schema, DTD, XPath, and Xquery.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam is an oral examination, with questions and exercises on the considered topics.