Relational Database Design Training: Tools and Techniques

Course 382

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Labs: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Level: Foundation

This Relational Database Design training course delivers the groundwork for building and working with relational databases — including Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL — and enables you to develop and use relational databases in your environment. You will learn to design your database to model your business requirements, normalise and denormalise data to optimise performance, and automatically generate database documentation using CASE tools. You will also learn how to simplify code and improve performance by avoiding common database design errors.

Relational Database Design Training Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

Relational Database Design Training Information

In this training, you will learn how to do the following:

  • Extract core business data requirements from source documents.
  • Design both conceptual and logical data models using requirements.
  • Recognise and accurately model complex data relationships.
  • Apply data normalisation methods to refine data models.
  • Physically deploy a relational schema from a logical model complete with tables, indexes, keys, and constraints.


Before taking this course, you should already have basic knowledge and experience using a relational database and SQL.

Relational Database Design Training Outline

  • How data is accessed, organised, and stored
  • Relational and NoSQL database comparisons
  • Roles involved in database design, development, and administration
  • The database development process

Relational technology fundamentals

  • Terminology and definitions
  • Tables, attributes, and relationships
  • Primary and foreign keys
  • Manipulating data: selection, projection, join, union, intersection, difference

Components of a relational DBMS

  • An integrated, active data dictionary
  • Databases, accounts, and schemas

A step-by-step approach and techniques

  • Extracting core business information from requirements
  • Generating conceptual data entities
  • Transforming a conceptual model into a logical one
  • Building a physical database from a logical model
  • Building database documentation

Conceptual modeling

  • Capturing core entities
  • Identifying entity attributes
  • Creating unique identifiers
  • Graphically representing a conceptual model

Logical modeling

  • Apply data types to entity attributes
  • Describing relationships: one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many
  • Building recursive relationships
  • Understanding different modeling notations
  • Avoiding update anomalies
  • Identifying functional dependencies
  • Applying rules for normalisation
  • Normalising multi-valued attributes

Physical database design

  • Implementing keys from unique identifiers
  • Building foreign keys from relationships
  • Enforcing business rules with check constraints

Working with design software

  • Generating the DDL to build the database
  • Reverse engineering to capture the design of an existing database

Applying best practices to database design

  • Natural versus surrogate keys
  • Exploring lookup table deployment options
  • Examine vertical and horizontal data partitioning strategies
  • Using record timestamps

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Relational Database Design Training FAQs

The database environments this course focuses on are relational databases, including Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL.

This course is intended for database developers, database designers, and database administrators who need to acquire the skills to design a relational database from written requirements by using best practice techniques and methods to go from concepts to deployable code.

Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want, including online training.