Introduction to the pragmatic teaching of database concepts

Nykvist, Shaun S. & Lentz, Arjen (2006) Introduction to the pragmatic teaching of database concepts. In Australian Computers in Education Conference, 2nd-4th October, 2006, Cairns, Australia.


Databases play a crucial role in today's connected world. Generally, they are invisible to a customer or employee, yet are 'under the hood' of nearly every web site and business application. Essentially a good understanding of databases allows us to effectively deal with data such that we have worthwhile information. This paper describes a practical approach to teaching essential database theory to computer studies students and undergraduate education students. It highlights a practical approach to illustrating set theory in terms of diagrammatic examples and relates this to junior mathematics concepts. While we discuss the importance of representing data in usable forms we will relate these principles to the SQL language and demonstrate how students can use this in both junior and senior computer studies courses for a greater concrete understanding of database concepts. Further to this, we describe a number of affordable and easy to use, yet powerful tools that are available to all students. We also make links between simple programming languages and back end databases.

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ID Code: 5321
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Database education, set theory, mysql, sql
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Theory (080611)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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