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How Relational Databases Help Solve Those Problems

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Welcome to week 1! This week you will learn how relational databases are organized, and practice making and interpreting Entity Relationship (ER) diagrams and relational schemas that describe the structure of data stored in a database. <p>By the end of the week, you will be able to:<ul><li>Describe the fundamental principles of relational database design <li>Interpret Entity Relationship (ER) diagrams and Entity Relationship (ER) schemas, and</li><li>Create your own ER diagrams and relational schemas using a software tool called ERDPlus that you will use to aid your query-writing later in the course.</li></ul><p>This week’s exercises are donated from a well-known Database Systems textbook, and will help you deepen and strengthen your understanding of how relational databases are organized. This deeper understanding will help you navigate complicated business databases, and allow you to write more efficient queries. At the conclusion of the week, you will test your understanding of database design principles by completing the Week 1 graded quiz.</p> <p>To get started, please begin with the video “Problems with Having a Lot of Data Used by a Lot of People.” <p>As always, if you have any questions, post them to the Discussions. <p>I hope you enjoy this week's materials!

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