Selected Topics in Database Systems
Study plans 2016-2017 - 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


External/internal examiner

Evaluated by external and internal examiner.

Re-sit examination

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

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.