Relational Database Design

Learn how to create an effective relational database design to use in your IT career or even a personal project.
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

Learn how to design a proper relational database with this course!

This course will teach you how to create an effective relational database design using proven concepts and industry knowledge.

Effective database designs will help make systems faster, improve data quality, and ensure future changes are easier.

If you want to improve your software development career, get into database admin or database design, or are just curious on this topic, this course is for you.

You don't need to know SQL or have any programming experience to be able to take this Relational Database Design course.

This course includes:

  • Almost three hours of video lessons
  • Included PDF files of the database diagrams at keys steps will help you learn all about database design.
  • The topics covered include normalisation and the normal forms, identifying tables and columns, primary and foreign keys, and setting up relationships.

The videos include explanations of the key topics in the process, as well as demonstrations on how to set up a database using an Entity Relationship Diagram.

I also show you how to download and install the software that is being used for this.

What topics are covered in this database design course?

The topics covered are:

  • We'll walk through a sample database
  • Reason or why the database is needed
  • Some advantages of relational databases
  • Identify entities for the tables and attributes
  • Create tables and columns
  • Reorganise them to make the layout and design more efficient.

If you want to know how to design a database and improve the overall quality of your databases and software, then this is the course for you.

You'll learn all you need to be able to design an effective database!

What are the requirements?

  • Internet connection
  • Ability to download software (or a preferred data modelling tool)
  • Windows, Mac or Linux (chosen software works on all three)
  • Willingness to learn about designing a quality database, and not just putting data into tables!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to design a relational database
  • Learn what normalisation is, and each of the three normal forms
  • Start designing a database from nothing
  • Learn how to identify tables, and how to create relationships

Who is the target audience?

  • Software developers or web developers
  • Students wishing to know more about database design
  • Those looking to get into a database role

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to the course! I'll show you what's included and what you will learn.


An outline of a few things you should know before starting the course.


You'll need a few tools for this course. They're all free though!


Instructions on how to download and install MySQL Workbench, which is used to prepare a data model diagram.

Section 2: Database Basics

Information on what a database is and what it's used for.


A description of different types of databases, including the relational database.

Section 3: Relational Databases

An advantage of a relational database means you can store data for each component.


Another advantage of relational database is that it removes duplicate information.


Another advantage means that you can ensure records are complete.


Another advantage is that you can prevent inconsistent and conflicting data.


Another advantage of a relational database means you can easily combine different data sets.


You can increase the security in a few ways with a relational database.

Section 4: Data Modelling Process

An explanation of what data modelling is, and what the database design process is.


The first step is to determine the goal of the database.


We sometimes need to consider the current system in our database design.


How to gather the requirements for creating your database.


Exceptions to rules may exist, and we need to consider them.

Section 5: Database Design

Instructions on how to identify entities for your database.


We look at how to define the attributes for our entities.


Learn what normalisation is and what is involved.


An explanation of first normal form and applying to our sample database.


Continue to apply first normal form to our database.


An explanation of different types of relationships.


An explanation of second normal form, and how to apply it to our sample database.


Continue to apply second normal form to our database.


An explanation of third normal form, and how to apply it to our sample database.

Section 6: Design Considerations

Learn about data types and precision, and why they are important to a database.


Explanation of what integrity constraints are.


Naming conventions are important for a good database design.


Explanation of what lookup tables are and what auditing can be done on a database.

Section 7: Conclusion

How to implement this database, and what your next steps are.

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Instructor Biography

Ben Brumm, IT Software Consultant

I'm a software consultant that has a passion for databases, and teaching others. I have over seven years experience in the IT industry in many roles, including database support, database development, database design, reporting, business analysis, project management, and even Excel.

I obtained the Oracle SQL Expert certification and currently looking into the next certification on my list!

I'd like to teach others about databases and database topics, such as SQL, database design, and performance.

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