Foundations of Database Management


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $949

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This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

This course provides a broad and general understanding of the technical concepts that are often considered assumed knowledge by employers and educators in the database industry. Learn about the Relational Database Management System (RDMS), design and implement a basic relational database from scratch, and explore the Structured Query Language (SQL) used to create, manipulate and operate a relational database.

You can take this course on its own (single-course enrollment); you can also apply it towards the Certificate in IT Foundations. You can also take it in preparation for the Certificate in Database Management, the Certificate in SQL Server Development, the Certificate in Data Visualization or the Certificate in Data Analytics: Techniques for Decision Making

Topics include:

  • The technologies, vocabulary, mathematics and economics supporting database systems
  • The database development life cycle (spec, design, build, operate)
  • Transactional databases vs. Decision Support databases
  • Designing a basic database using Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) modeling and an introduction to normalization
  • Basic database security and administration
  • Career tracks

Students should expect up to nine hours of work a week, including class sessions.

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Program Overview

You can start with any course and take the courses in any order. You must complete three of the five courses to earn the certificate, as detailed below. 


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

Core Course
(required for the certificate)

Foundations of Algorithms & Data Structures


Programming Courses
(must complete at least one for the certificate)

Foundations of Programming (C# and .NET)

Foundations of Programming (Python)


Elective Courses
(must complete at least one for the certificate)

Foundations of Database Management

Foundations of Web Design & Development

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your course with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. This course is 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Closed Sessions

This course will run from October 2 to December 15, 2017. Instructors hold regular online office hours. These sessions are optional but recommended; they may be recorded for those who can’t attend.


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You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.