General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Rosa Herrero Antón

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Alfonso Palacios González
Laura Rivera Sanchez 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish

This subject is part of the offer for international students. The teaching of this subject is in Spanish. Some sessions, bibliography, part of the contents and tools may be in English. However, Catalan, the language of our country, can be used freely by its students.


Basic skills
  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills they demonstrate by developing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of ​​study

  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences

  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy

Specific skills
  • EFB4_Basic knowledge of the use and programming of computers, operating systems, databases and computer programs with application in engineering

  • EIS1_Ability to develop, maintain and evaluate software services and systems that meet all user requirements and that behave reliably and efficiently, are affordable to develop and maintain and comply with quality standards, applying theories, principles, methods and software engineering practices

  • EIS2_Ability to assess customer needs and specify software requirements to meet those needs, reconciling conflicting goals, by seeking acceptable compromises, within the limitations of cost, time, the existence of already developed systems and of the organizations themselves

  • EIS4_Ability to identify and analyze problems and design, develop, implement, verify and document software solutions based on adequate knowledge of current theories, models and techniques

  • EIS5_Ability to identify, assess and manage potential associated risks that may arise

  • EIS6_Ability to design appropriate solutions in one or more application domains, using software engineering methods that integrate ethical, social, legal and economic aspects

  • ESI3_Ability to actively participate in the specification, design, implementation and maintenance of information and communication systems

Transversal competences
  • T1_That students know a third language, which will be preferably English, with an adequate level of oral and written form, according to the needs of the graduates in each degree

  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


The general objective of the subject is the deepening in the knowledge of the databases and of the systems managers of databases, discovering the procedural extension of the language SQL for the implementation of the external designs of the databases, knowing the architecture of DBMSs to be able to manage data access methods, optimize SQL queries, define physical design and manage concurrency.  

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.


Topic 1

Content title 1 Programming with procedural languages ​​of
database definition

Dedication: GG: 6h GP: 2h AA: 12h





Introduction to the procedural languages ​​of databases, which allow the enrichment of the logical design and the definition of advanced business rules of databases. 

Subject matter

1.1 Transactional or procedural languages ​​of DBMS

1.2 Procedures and functions

1.3 Abstract Data Types: Packages and Types.

1.4 Triggers

Topic 2

Content title 2:  External database design

Dedication: GG: 6h GP: 2h AA: 12h





Use of procedural languages ​​and SQL to implement external database design and distributed design.  

Subject matter

2.1 Synonyms, views, materialized views

2.2 Implementation of external schemes

2.3 Implementation of distributed databases

Topic 3

Content title 3:  Architecture, structure, access methods and DBMS optimization

Dedication: GG: 6h GP: 2h AA: 12h





Deepening knowledge of databases and database management systems, the architecture of DBMSs to be able to manage data access methods, optimize the execution of SQL queries and define the physical design.

Subject matter

2.1 DBMS architecture

2.2 Internal database structure

2.3 Methods of access

2.4 Query processing and execution plans

2.5 Optimization of SQL statements

Topic 4

Content title 4:  Concurrency control

Dedication: GG: 6h GP: 2h AA: 12h





Introduction to concurrency control in databases, learning the tools to manage transactions, concurrency and ACID systems. Management of consistency in reading and updating.

Subject matter

4.1 Transaction management and concurrency control.

4.2 Consistency in reading. Multi-version models.

4.3 ACID systems. Isolation levels. 

4.4 Management of seriability, locks and deadlocks.

Topic 5

Content title 5:  NoSQL data systems

Dedication: GG: 6h GP: 2h AA: 12h





Introduction to NoSQL systems and non-relational data models. 

Subject matter

5.1 Introduction to "Not Only SQL" data systems

5.2 Non-relational data models

5.3 Architecture and programming with NoSQL

Evaluation system

Qualification system (evaluation)


Each of the five subjects accounts for 20% of the subject grade. 

For each topic there is a practice laboratory and an individual assessment test that represent 5% and 15% of the final grade. 

Topics 1 and 2 are assessed together. 

Lab notes are not recoverable. 


All notes are mandatory. You need a grade above 5 in each subject to pass the subject and be able to pass the average.


Following the general regulations, the copy in the evaluation activities leads to the evaluation with a SUSPENSED note (0) of the whole subject.



Rules for carrying out the activities

All activities are required to attend to be evaluated.

Activities are mandatory. Activities not performed - or those not attended - are rated as 0.




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Elmasri, R .; Navathe, SB "Fundamentals of Database Systems, Global Edition". Seventh Edition. Harlow, Essex: Pearson, 2017. ISBN 978-1-292-09761-9.

Silberschatz, Abraham; Korth, Henry; Sudarshan, S. "Fundamentals of Databases". sixth edition Madrid-McGraw-Hill-Education, 2014. ISBN 978-84-481-9033-0.


Date, CJ “An Introduction to Database Systems”. Seventh edition. Addison Wesley Longman, 2001. ISBN 978-0201787221 / Eighth edition. Person,
2003 ISBN 978-0321197849

McLaughlin, Michael. "Oracle Database 12c PL/SQL Programming". Oracle Press-McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. ISBN-13: 9780071812436. ISBN-10: 0071812431.

Date, CJ "Introduction to database systems". Seventh edition México-Pearson Education, 2001. ISBN 9684444192