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Task 05 | Relational Databases

Value Added | daily

Class Schedule

Basics | sessions 01-05

22 AUG | intro
27 AUG | clients
29 AUG | servers
05 Sep | networks
10 Sep | basics lab

Web Development | sessions 06-11

12 Sep | structural layer
17 Sep | presentational layer
19 Sep | working with layers
24 Sep | behavior layer
26 Sep | images & design
01 Oct | website lab

Document Markup | sessions 12-14

27 Sep | object layers
02 Oct | tools that read markup
04 Oct | document markup lab

Spreadsheets | sessions 15-19

09 Oct | spreadsheets
17 Oct | formulas & functions
22 Oct | data display
 18 Oct | Fall Break 
24 Oct | database tools
29 Oct | spreadsheets lab

Relational Database | sessions 20-26

31 Oct | relational databases
05 Nov | tables
07 Nov | relationships
12 Nov | input & output
14 Nov | SQL
19 Nov | complex queries
26 Nov | databases lab
 21 Nov | Thanksgiving 

Presentation | sessions 27-30

28 Nov | presentation design
03 Dec | presentation delivery
05 Dec | presentation lab
12 Dec | 0800-1100 | final in class presentation

You will be called upon to demonstrate specific relational database skills.

Task ⑤ ⇒ relational databases

relational database task logo

The task will be released as five parts,
one a day,
as we practice Access components.

  1. the specs for tables
  2. the relationships specs
  3. the forms specs
  4. and the reports specs
  5. the first set of queries
  6. finally, the second set of queries

Everything in this task is something we will have demonstrated and/or tried in class.

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You are to create a book database for a private client, not too unlike Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld. The client has his own library and needs you to organize his holdings and be able to order new books for his library when he wants them.

This will require you to create a relational database that will include:

  1. a number of related tables to capture the data about the books and the orders
  2. a set of queries to pull data from the tables in response to questions about the book holdings
  3. some forms to use for adding data to the database
  4. some reports to use for presenting the client with a paper copy of results in response to his questions

You may work in teams on this task as you did on the previous tasks. When your team has completed the task, one member of the team will store it in that person's password protected directory. Each of the members of the team will place a hyperlink to it on their respective web sites (the individual storing it will have a relative link to it, the others will have absolute links to the finished task). When it's ready for me to download and grade, send me a note telling me to retrieve it from your websites.

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Though there are several different commercial relational database software applications, we need to use Microsoft Access for this purpose because it will provide an appreciation for relational databases. Additionally, other database classes in SILS assume a working knowledge of Access as a baseline skill.

We will build this database step by step in class. The exercises you will have after each class will be part of the task.

You would be wise to do each exercise as it is presented so you won't be bogged down trying to finish the database. It can be a huge time sink if you don't watch out.

It should meet the standards laid out on the task 05 gradesheet.

Everything on that gradesheet will be analogous to something we will have done in class.

Save the finished product using the standard file name structure for this class.

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Value Added | daily
Basics | sessions 01-05
Web Development | sessions 06-11
Document Markup | sessions 12-14
Spreadsheets | sessions 15-19
Relational Database | sessions 20-26
Presentation | sessions 27-30