DBA625 Course Outline

Course Code: DBA625
Course Name: Database Administration
Offered Date: Winter - 2022 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This subject will review the purpose and responsibilities of the Database Administrator. The student will learn how the DBMS manages the data and controls such as recovery, locking and transaction logging and performance tuning. Through hands on Database Adminstration using Oracle, the student will practice much of the theory presented.
Credit Status: 1 Credit for CPA/CPAC Diploma Students
Prerequisite: DBS311
Mode of Instruction: 3 hours interactive lecture per week.
1 hour lab time per week.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the utilities of the DBMS in use

2. Describe in detail the functions performed by a DBA

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the architecture and functions of the DBMS(s) in use

4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of DBA administrative tasks and basics of backup and recovery and performance tuning
Topic Outline:
  • Database Administrative Concepts - 40%
    •         develop & maintain data standards
    •         develop schemes
    •         control data redundancy
    •         cost/benefit analysis
    •         procure hardware and software
    •         develop procedures for recovery
    •         set performance standards
    •         set performance standards
    •         manage database security
    •         set programming standards
    •         install DBMS
    •         generate data dictionary reports
    •         construct and maintain external schemas
    •         implement programming standards
    •         construct and maintain storage schemas
    •         monitor systems performance and activity
    •         construct and maintain integrity controls
    •         construct and maintain security controls
    •         load, reorganize and recover databases
    •         tune databases
    •         install systems enhancements (upgrades)
  • Oracle DBA Tasks - 60%
    •         hands on component will have students create and maintain their own database including
      •             backup and recovery
      •             dictionary reporting
      •             import and export
      •             parameter setting
      •             security and other basic DBA functions
      •             space management
      •             tuning
Prescribed Text(s):
DBA625 Oracle 11g Notes (available in the bookstore)
Reference Material:
Oracle Database 10g, DBA Handbook by Kevin Loney and Bob Bryla, published by Oracle Press, ISBN 0-07-223145-9
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course


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A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Assignments (minimum of 2) 20%
Mid-term Test 40%
Final Exam 40%
Approved By:
Kathy Dumanski
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