Syllabus for ITS-231

Database Programming



Database Programming is a database technology course focused on database programming. Topics include the relational data model, structured query language (SQL), data definition language (DDL), data control language (DCL), data manipulation language (DML) commands, database programming, event triggers, stored procedures, query plans, and query optimization techniques.



After completing this course, students should be able to:

CO1        Use SQL commands to restrict and sort data.

CO2        Use single-row functions to manipulate data.

CO3        Report aggregated data using group functions.

CO4        Manipulate and display data from multiple tables.

CO5        Use subqueries to solve complex data manipulation problems.

CO6        Use the set operators to manipulate data.

CO7        Create, manipulate, and manage schema objects.

CO8        Manipulate large data sets.

CO9        Develop and use regular expressions.

CO10  Configure database user access following industry best practices.

CO11  Configure database firewall rules following industry best practices.

CO12  Discuss the concepts behind database auditing and forensics.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course.

Required Textbook

The following uCertify course will serve as the virtual textbook for the course:

uCertify provides interactive online courses that help students prepare for various certification exams. In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course as an interactive textbook with chapters and lessons, quizzes, exercises, and more to aid in learning about topics in database programming.

Access to the uCertify course is provided through the ​uCertify: ​1Z0-047 - Oracle Database SQL Expert​ link located in the uCertify Assignments section of the course website. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you for a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the uCertify course and can navigate to specific chapters and lessons (uCertify uses these designations interchangeably) and all associated activities (quizzes, exercises, assessments, etc.) through the student dashboard.


Database Programming is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, complete uCertify activities (quizzes and exercises), complete the uCertify Post-Assessment, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

uCertify Assignments

In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course. Access to the uCertify course is found through the link located in the top section of the IAS-231 course website. In addition to studying one or more lessons each week (completing the flashcards, in-lesson quiz items, and exercises), you are required to submit the results of three lesson quizzes located in Modules 1, 2, and 3 to your mentor for grading.

Lesson Quizzes

Each uCertify lesson includes a lesson quiz. Access the quiz by going to the uCertify Table of Contents and selecting “Quizzes” for the lesson. To receive credit for the quiz, you must score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode. You may initially take the quiz in Learn or Review mode, but to receive credit for this activity, you must ultimately score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode.

Lesson quizzes are formative activities. You may take them as many times as necessary. At the end of the test, once you have achieved a score of 100%, share your results by downloading the PDF file and submitting it to the mentor using the appropriate assignment link in Moodle located in Modules 1, 2, and 3.


uCertify includes a Post-Assessment. Access the Post-Assessment by going to the uCertify Table of Contents and selecting “Post-Assessment.” To receive credit for the Post-Assessment, you must achieve a score of 90% or higher when taken in Test mode. You may initially take the Post-Assessment in Learn or Review mode, but to receive credit for this activity, you must ultimately score 90% or higher on the Post-Assessment when taken in Test mode.

You may take the Post-Assessment multiple times, if necessary. At the end of the test, once you have achieved a score of 90% or higher, share your results by downloading the PDF file and submitting it to the mentor using the appropriate assignment link in Moodle located in Module 5.

Discussion Forums

Database Programming has six graded online discussions. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on a classmate's response. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Project

The final project consists of two parts: a lab assignment and a research report. The lab assignment serves as a hands-on experience pertaining to the topics covered during this course, while the research report allows you to investigate a database security topic in greater depth.

Note: The database created in the lab assignment of the final project can be created on one of the major cloud platforms (AWS/Azure/Google Cloud) using a free student account. Otherwise, you may utilize any database tool available such as OpenOffice Base, MySQL, or Microsoft Access. Refer to these helpful links below:

Download SQL Server Express 

Student/Educational Microsoft Azure Account 

Microsoft Azure SQL Server Quick Start 

SQL Server Tutorials

OpenOffice (Free Download) 

MySQL Install for Windows 

Be sure to reference the Final Project area of the course website for full requirements and details. Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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