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No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that they underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer systems? This free course, The database development life cycle, has been designed to give you an overview of the developmental lifecycle for a database system, explaining the importance of data analysis and highlighting how database development differs from traditional software development.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- describe the key points of the waterfall model applied to database development
- appreciate the roles of various development artefacts, such as the data requirements document, conceptual data model and such like used to communicate between activities in the database development life cycle
- communicate effectively about aspects of the development of databases.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The database development life cycle
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 A development life cycle
- 1.3 Requirements gathering
- 1.4 Analysis
- 1.5 Design
- 1.6 Implementation
- 1.7 Testing
- 1.8 Maintenance
- Keep on learning
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The database development life cycle
Relational database systems underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer systems. This course presents an overview of the development life cycle for a database system and highlights how the database development differs from traditional software development.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies courses or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 15th July 2011
Last updated on: Monday, 22nd February 2016
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