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Improving Database Engineering Curriculum

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Emerging Information Technologies

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Information Systems

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14.704.1 - 14.704.10



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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley State College

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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Improving Database Engineering Curriculum


Our university is a liberal art university with primarily undergraduate programs located in an area with many technology oriented business. In our Computer Science program, we offer a Database Engineering area of specialization which includes a number of database related courses but does not include any data mining related course.

A study has shown that some universities and colleges offer very few database related courses and do not offer any data mining course. On the other hand, many universities offer more than one database related courses and they also offer data mining course(s). But mostly these universities offer their data mining course as a graduate course. Therefore, the students who graduate from the universities like our university with no graduate computer science program will not have the opportunity to get Data Mining knowledge.

To improve our Database Engineering curriculum, we have decided to add a new Data Mining course to this curriculum. The paper first presents this curriculum and then elaborates the content detail of this Data Mining course.


In addition to associate degrees, the Computer Science and Pre-Engineering department offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with four areas of specialization: Computer Science (traditional), Computer Engineering, Computer Networking, and Database Engineering.

A study and curriculum comparison has shown that some universities and colleges offer only one database related course in their undergraduate curriculum while others, are offering more than one course in this field. The reason is that it is impossible to teach all the required subjects (theory, application, administration, etc.) in only one course. Also, experience indicates that the database job market expects our graduates to have enough expertise to be able to install and configure their Database Management System, write application programs, design the database, maintain and administer their database system. For this reason, we decided that it might be best to add a new area of specialization to our Computer Science program called Database Engineering.

Recently, we have been evaluating the content of our Database Engineering curriculum to make sure that we are covering enough materials in this track. In this process, we consulted with our advisory board members, industry experts and academic professionals in this field. This consultation has concluded that our Database Engineering curriculum does not address Data Mining / Data Warehousing areas. To remedy this issue, our Database Engineering curriculum has been extended by addition of a new data mining course. This course will be a core course for our Database Engineering area of specialization while it can be an elective for the other areas.

Proceeding of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2009, American Society for Engineering Education

Sanati-Mehrizy, R., & Minaie, A. (2009, June), Improving Database Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5460

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