SSST Subjects

CSIS440 Database Systems for Economists


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Economics with Finance

Status (core, option, free choice)



FHEQ Level



Unit Value



Semester taught



Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Dr. Belma Ramic-Brkic


Applicable From



Educational Aims of the Module

  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and principles of databases, particularly relational databases.
  • It leads students through the process and techniques of database modelling, design, implementation and management.
  • It also provides students with hands-on practice and skills in developing a database system using commercial DBMS software.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Introduction: data, file and database concepts; database management system (DBMS); types of databases; database life-cycle;

  • Relational database: tables; keys; relationships; relational algebra;

  • Data modelling: data abstraction; conceptual data models; entity; attribute; relationship; entity-relationship (E-R) modelling technique; E-R diagram;

  • Database design: design problems; first, second and third normal forms; normalisation process;

  • Database implementation: structured query language (SQL), data definition and manipulation commands; queries and reports;


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time




45 hours




15 hours

Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours


Total Contact Hours


Total Engagement Hours 150

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline



3 hours


End of semester

Mid-semester test


2 hours



Group Project


~2500 words


Week 13

Subject tests




Week 4 and 12


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and principles

  • Build conceptual data models for a variety of business scenarios

  • Use different database modelling and design techniques

  • Develop a working database application using a commercial DBMS software

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures on module material (ILO: 1-4)

  • Tutorials use examples and solutions to illustrate the theory

  • Lab exercises with appropriate tools and practice problems (ILO: 1-4)

  • Independent study is based on the recommended text

  • Group project enables students to develop communication skills and apply what they have learnt in the course to a practical problem (ILO: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Midterm exam and Final exam (ILO: 1-5)

  • Course projects (ILO:1-4)

  • Continuous assessment tests (ILO: 1-5)

Practical Skills:

  • Advanced use of Microsoft Access in generating financial reports and providing necessary data to the upper Management for proper decision making

  • Advanced use of Microsoft Excel in generating adequate visual presentations of the data flow within the company

  • Interpret and demonstrate understanding of DB development methodologies

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Practical demonstrations (PS: 1-3)

  • Interactive lectures (PS:1-3)(PS: 1-3)

  • Lab exercises with tutor-lead support
  • Group project assignment (PS: 1,2)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exam (PS: 1,3)

  • Group Project (PS: 1,2)

  • Subject tests (PS: 1-3)

Transferable Skills:

  • Abstract thinking and modelling of real world objects

  • Ability to work in teams

  • IT skills

  • Communication skills: written and oral

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Labs with hands-on experience with Microsoft tools: Excel and Access (TS: 1-4)

  • Group project (TS: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Group project (TS:1-3)

  • Subject tests (TS: 1)


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Carlos Coronel, Steven Morris, Peter Rob and Keeley Crockett, Database Principles: Fundamentals of Design, Implementation, and Management, 2nd Edition, 2013.

    ISBN 978-1-133-31197-3

Supplementary Materials

  • To be advised

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : July 2016

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

Date approved by School Board of Study

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee

Date of Annual Review


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