Selected Topics in Database Systems
2013-2014 - IMT6181 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students should:


  • The candidate has acquired in-depth comprehension of the challenges and technologies found in databases that do not fit well with the relational model
  • The candidate has an in-depth understanding of current research topics in NOSQL databases with emphasis on data representation and indexing


  • The candidate has developed the ability to analyse and evaluate database needs beyond those that handled efficiently in relational databases
  • The candidate is able to identify and evaluate key problems and research issues in NOSQL databases

General competency:

  • The candidate is capable of taking part in scientific discussions.
  • The candidate is capable of performing independent scientific work.
  • The candidate is capable of analysing relevant professional and research publications.


NOSQL databases:

  • RDF triple stores
  • XML databases
  • Column databases
  • Object Databases
  • Column databases
  • Key-Value Databases

Indexing in NOSQL databases

Teaching Methods

Net Support Learning
Project work

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Term paper
  • Final report
  • Both parts must be passed.

Grading Scale


Re-sit examination

A new term paper must be provided and the examination must be re-sat next autumn.

Examination support

Evaluated by external and internal examiner.

Coursework Requirements

Students shall present research papers during seminars.

Teaching Materials

Selected research papers. Detailed list of papers will be provided in the course syllabus.

Additional information

The course will be offered first time in the spring of 2015.