Course Outline (W2020)

COE848: Fundamentals of Data Engineering

Instructor(s)Faezeh Ensan [Coordinator]
Office: ENG324
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 4904
Email: fensan@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: Fridays, 1 pm - 3 pm
Calendar DescriptionData engineering is core to the effective development of scalable software applications. Rich data management schemes are needed to handle the sizeable Big Data that is available for processing. This course will cover related topics such as entity-relation diagrams, relational databases, data definition and manipulation languages, structured data representations formats, development of novel vocabularies and semi-structured data and also novel concepts in NoSQL databases.
PrerequisitesCOE 528




Compulsory Text(s):
  1. Database Systems: The Complete Book, by Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey D. Ullman, and Jennifer D. Widom, Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2008, ISBN: 0131873253
Reference Text(s):
Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Use engineering knowledge to solve real world open-ended engineering problems. Use the specialized engineering knowledge to design specific components, systems, or processes. (1c)
  2. Use engineering knowledge to solve real world open-ended engineering problems. Use the specialized engineering knowledge to design specific components, systems, or processes. (1d)
  3. Anticipate the needs of the project, customize design processes, analyzes progress, and revises plans as necessary. Generate solutions for complex engineering design problems (4a), (4b)
  4. Design and develop software tools that adhere to specific project specifications relating to data modeling and data model designs. (5a)
  5. (6b), (9b), (10a)

NOTE:Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Course Organization

3.0 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks
1.0 hours of lab/tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Teaching AssistantsLuzalen Marcos: lmarcos@ryerson.ca
 Hawre Hosseini: hawre.hosseini@ryerson.ca
Course Evaluation
Midterm Exam 25 %
Final Exam 40 %
Lab Reports and Final Project 35 %
TOTAL:100 %

Note: In order for a student to pass a course with "Theory and Laboratory" components, in addition to earning a minimum overall course mark of 50%, the student must pass the Laboratory and Theory portions separately by achieving a minimum of 50% in the combined Laboratory components and 50% in the combined Theory components. Please refer to the "Course Evaluation" section for details on the Theory and Laboratory components.

ExaminationsMidterm exam in Week 7, two hours, closed book (covers Weeks 1-6).
 Final exam, during exam period, two hours, closed-book (covers Weeks 1-13).
Other Evaluation InformationThe written reports will be assessed not only on their academic merit, but also on the communication skills of the author as exhibited through the reports. In order to achieve a passing grade in this course, the student must achieve an average of at least 50% in both theoretical and laboratory components.
 Lab assignments should be submitted before 11:59 pm the day before the scheduled next lab. The penalty for up to 8 hours delay in submission is 20% of the lab mark. More than 8-hours late lab assignments will not be accepted and will receive a mark of 0.
Other InformationNone

Course Content



Chapters /

Topic, description



Introduction to relational Database Systems



Entity-Relationship (E/R) Data Model



Relational Database Model Subclass Structures to Relations



Algebra of Relational Operations



Structured Query Language (SQL)






Database Connectivity- Database Modifications Views OOP Access to RDBMS



Database Normalization



Data Access and Integrity Models-Database Indices



Semi-structured Data Representation (XML XML Schema DTD)



NoSQL Databases



Course Review.

Laboratory/Tutorials/Activity Schedule






Project Scope Definition and Project Specification Document Development



E/R Diagram Design



Database Design



Manipulating Data



Database Programming



Semi-Structured Data

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