Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Second semester
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While the course is taught in italian, the oral exam can be in English.

Course description

The course aims to develop the essential skills to optimize a relational Database and an overview of the main alternative technologies (OODBMS,ORDBMS, DDBMS, NoSQL, Data Warehouse) so to promote the informed choice of the most suitable technique for each use case.
The course aims also to providing knowledge about: a) enterprise information systems, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) in particular; b) the main business transformations enabled by information systems; c) tools for analyzing, viewing, organizing and understanding business data: data warehouse, business intelligence, DSS and ESS systems, CRM systems; d) SAP application overview.

Most of the course is on physical Database optimization, and at the end of it the main related skills will be to decide when ad how indexing, multidimensional clustering, range partitioning or materialized views should be recommended.
In the laboratory advanced features of PL/SQL will be presented, together with the rudiment of the JSP technology.
A project that adds advanced functionalities and a web interface to a given DBMS is required to be developed and discussed.

Knowledge and understanding:
A good autonomy in managing and optimizing a relational DBMS through PL/SQL and JSP is required.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
the ability to add non trivial functionalities and a web interface to an existing Database is expected.
Communication skills:
the project must be rigidly documented with a precise language and UML diagrams.


Fundamental relational Database theory and practice and data structures, acquired respectively through the first course on Database and the first Course on Algorithms and Data Structures are recommended.


Physical Design: Data Structures, indexing, execution plans; concurrency control; reliability; ORDBMS; Active Database; DDBMS and NoSQL; Database Mining; Advanced features of PL/SQL; fundamentals JSP; Management Information Systems; Information Systems Framework; Enterprise Information Systems; Enterprise Resource Systems (ERP); Strategic Information Systems; Business intelligence; Data warehouse; SAP introduction.

The course will treat in depth the physical design of relational DBMS, so to give to the students the ability to properly tune in terms of performance an averagely complex relational database; furthermore it will give an overview of the most recent alternatives to relational systems explaining the proper use cases for each of them; finally it will give an in depth view of the role of the Information System in a Company.

Teaching Methods

Taught classes with blackboard and chalk and practical exercises in lab using PCs. There are no slides and active participation of students is encouraged.


Main references:
Shamkant B. Navathe Ramez A. Elmasri. Sistemi di Basi di Dati - Complementi. Addison Wesley, 4 edition, 2005.
Shamkant B. Navathe Ramez A. Elmasri. Sistemi di Basi di Dati - Fondamenti. Addison Wesley, 6 edition, 2011.
Tom Nadeau Sam Lightstone, Toby Teorey. Physical Database Design. Morgan Kaufmann, 2007.
Michael McLaughlin Scott Urman, Ron Hardman. PL/SQL programming. Oracle press, 2004.
Sistemi Informativi d'Impresa, A cura di Giampio Bracchi, Chiara Francalanci, Gianmario Motta, McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Course notes by prof. C. Metallo.

References for some specific topics:
Antonio Albano. Costruire sistemi per Basi di Dati. Addison Wesley, 1 edition, 2001. [Cel14] Joe Celko. Joe Celko’s complete guide to NoSQL. Morgan Kaufmann, 1 edition,
Annalisa Franco Dario Maio, Stefano Rizzi. Esercizi di progettazione di Basi di Dati. Progetto Leonardo, 2 edition, 2005.
Andrea Steelman Joel Murach. Java servlets and JSP. Murach and associated, 2 edition, 2008.
Dario Maio Paolo Ciaccia. Lezioni di Basi di Dati. Progetto Leonardo, 1 edition,

Further educational material (videolessons of the whole theory course and some pdf files) is available on http://e-scienzeetecnologie.uniparthenope.it/

Learning assessment

The final verification is organized in three steps: the written test (maximum 30/30, minimum 16/30); the project (maximum 5/5, minimum 3/5); the oral test (maximum 30/30, minimum 18/30). The final score will be averaged.

More information

Further details are on the e-learning platform.