DBA625 - Database Administration

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Subject Title
Database Administration

Subject 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

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

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

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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

Mode of Instruction
3 hours interactive lecture per week.
1 hour lab time per week.

Prescribed Texts
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

Required Supplies

Student Progression and 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


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecapolytechnic.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

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

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecapolytechnic.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (https://www.senecapolytechnic.ca/registrar.html).

Modes of Evaluation

Assignments (minimum of 2) 20%
Mid-term Test 40%
Final Exam 40%

The labs will make use of the Lab Volt 6090 Instrumentation and Control equipment.  The lab will contain a brief lecture of about 15 minutes for an introduction to the sensor being used in the lab.  The lab equipment needs to be pre-configured prior to the lab in order to minimize the set up time for the student.  The pre-configuration includes, mounting the equipment and interconnecting the tubing and hoses.  Electrical hook-up should be left to the students.

  • Lab 1, Week 1 - 2 hours
Measurement of pressure and pressure drops in a system using Bourdon tube pressure gauges.
  • Lab 2, Week 2 – 2 hours
Calibration of differential pressure transmitter and measurement of pressure and pressure drops using differential pressure transmitter.
  • Lab 3, Week 3 – 2 hours
Calibration and measurement of level using differential pressure transmitter.
  • Lab 4, Week 4 – 2 hours
Level measurement and zero suppression and elevation using the differential pressure transmitter.
  • Lab 5, Weeks 5 & 6 – 4 hours
Flow measurement using rotameter, orifice plate, venture, and paddle wheel flow meters.  This lab will require calibration of differential pressure transmitter for use in measuring flow from venture and orifice plate.  The characteristics of differential pressure versus flow for the two head devices (orifice and venture) will be plotted.
  • Lab 6, Week 7 – 2 hours
Calibrate and measure temperature with an RTD.
  • Lab 7, Week 8 – 2 hours
Calibrate and measure temperature with JK thermocouples.
  • Lab 8, Week 9 – 2 hours
PID Control of Pressure
  • Lab 9, Week 10 – 2 hours
PID Control of Level
  • Lab 10, Week 11 – 2 hours
PID Control of Flow
  • Lab 11, Week 12 – 2 hours
PID Control of Temperature

Approved by: Kathy Dumanski