Course detail

Advanced Database Systems (in English)

FIT-PDBeAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course offers broader introduction into the following modern
database systems: object-relational databases, deductive databases,
spatial databases, temporal databases, XML databases, and
advanced relational databases. There are also discussed principles of
the modern database systems, their scheme, and techniques for efficient
usage of such systems. In the lectures, there are also introduced
implementation principles of the modern database systems and data
manipulation techniques.

Nabízen zahradničním studentům

Všech fakult

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able identify clearly post-relational DB systems and, for selected categories, they will also be able to discuss issues of implementation and usage of such systems.

  • Student learns terminology in Czech and English language
  • Student improves in participation on a small project as a member of a small team


Fundamentals of the relational model. Normalization-based design of a relational database. Organization of data at an internal level. Data security and integrity. Transactions. Relational database design from a conceptual model. SQL language.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kim, W. (ed.): Modern Database Systems, ACM Press, 1995, ISBN 0-201-59098-0
Melton, J.: Advanced SQL: 1999 - Understanding Object-Relational and Other Advanced. Morgan Kaufmann, 2002, p. 562, ISBN 1-558-60677-7
Shekhar, S., Chawla, S.: Spatial Databases: A Tour, Prentice Hall, 2002/2003, p. 262, ISBN 0-13-017480-7
Dunckley, L.: Multimedia Databases: An Object-Relational Approach. Pearson Education, 2003, p. 464, ISBN 0-201-78899-3
Gaede, V., Günther, O.: Multidimensional Access Methods, ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1998, pp. 170-231.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

  • Mid-term exam, for which there is only one schedule and, thus, there is no possibility to have another trial.
  • One project should be solved and delivered in a given date during a term.

Exam prerequisites:
At the end of a term, a student should have at least 50% of points that he or she could obtain during the term; that means at least 20 points out of 40.
Plagiarism and not allowed cooperation will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action can be initiated.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of course is to give a broader introduction into
post-relational database systems (object-relational, temporal, spatial,
deductive multimedia, and XML). Various systems and their implementation
techniques are

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

  • Mid-term exam - written form, questions, where answers are given in full
    sentences, no possibility to have a second/alternative trial. (20 points)
  • Projects realization - 1 project (program development according
    to a given specification) with appropriate documentation. (20 points)
  • Final
    exam is performed in written form. Students are given questions, where
    answers are provided in full
    sentences. The maximal amount of points one can get is 60 points - the
    minimal number of points which must be obtained from the final exam is
    25, otherwise,
    no points will be assigned to a student. The exam has one regular and
    two corrective periods. Regular period is always performed in fully
    written way only.  Corrective periods can be performed either in fully
    written form or in a combined form (both written and verbal performance
    in a single day, written in the morning verbal in the afternoon). The
    form of corrective periods is announced as soon as the previous period
    is evaluated, while the combined form will be performed in the case when
    for the particular period is assigned no more than 16 students.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IT-MGR-1H Master's

    branch MGH , any year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, recommended

  • Programme IT-MGR-2 Master's

    branch MGMe , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Introduction, post-relational database definition, used terms
  2. Object-relational database systems, standard SQL/99
  3. Spatial database systems, introduction
  4. Modelling of spatial database systems
  5. Querying in spatial database systems
  6. Algorithms used in spatial database systems
  7. XML database systems
  8. Temporal database systems, introduction
  9. Temporal data models
  10. Algorithms used in temporal database systems
  11. Deductive databases, introduction
  12. Models and implementation of deductive database systems
  13. Conclusion, comparison of various database systems, open items discussion, NoSQL

Fundamentals seminar

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Demonstration: introduction to Java, JDBC, and multimedia
    databases - language Java, Java Database Connectivity (JDBC); multimedia
    storage in Oracle Multimedia/interMedia, manipulation with multimedia
  2. Demonstration: spatial and XML databases - introduction to
    spatial databases in Oracle Locator/Spatial, data storage in Oracle
    Locator/Spatial, indexes, queries, JDBC; introduction to XML databases
    and their definition and storage in Oracle, queries of XML data via
  3. Demonstration: temporal and deductive databases -
    introduction to temporal databases, languages (A)TSQL2, interpreters
    TimeDB2, TSQL2lib, (A)TSQL2 implementation, problems in temporal
    databases; introduction to deductive databases, DBMS XSB, data
    definition and manipulation in Datalog, standard predicates.

Exercise in computer lab

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Introductory computer exercise and multimedia databases -
    introduction to Java and DBMS Oracle via JDBC; manipulation of
    multimedia data inOracle Multimedia (connection via JDBC, data
    insertion, queries, similarity queries of image data) 
  2. Spatial and XML databases -  creation of spatial databases via
    Oracle Locator/Spatial, spatial data storage and indexing, queries over
    spatial data; creation of XML databases in Oracle, XML data queries
    using Oracle via JDBC
  3. Temporal and deductive databases -
    introduction to languages (A)TSQL2 as a temporal DML/DDL, queries over
    temporal data via (A)TSQL2; introduction to deductive databases, data
    definition via explicit and infer-able predicates in DBMS XSB, queries
    in deductive databases
  4. Project demonstration


14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Creation and feature demonstration of database in a post-relational
    database system (used spatial, multimedia, temporal, or deductive DBS,
    or their mutual combination)