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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

This course is about database systems, focusing on relational databases. It covers advanced use of such systems, including advanced SQL, SQL query optimization, and use of indexes. The course also covers the architecture and internals of database systems. This part of the course covers how database systems handle transactions, with algorithms for serialization and avoidance or handling of conflicts, deadlocks, and faults. Finally, the course gives an introduction to alternative data models.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you´ll:

  • know what a database management system (DMBS) does, how it works and how it is implemented;
  • have an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical problems connected to operating DMBSs;
  • know how to use advanced SQL and how to optimize queries;
  • understand the basic principles of transaction management;
  • know the types of transaction management (isolation levels) offered by modern DBMSs and the strength and weaknessess of each isolation level;

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

IN2090 – Databaser og datamodellering/INF1300 – Introduction to Databases (continued)

The course is based on IN2010 – Algorithms and Data Structures/INF2220 – Algorithms and Data Structures (continued) and IN1150 – Logical Methods/INF1080 – Logical Methods for Computer Science (continued).

Knowledge of hashing, search trees and graphs (from IN2010/INF2220) and set theory, 1st order logic and proof by induction (from IN1150/INF1080) is assumed known and will not be reviewed.

Overlapping courses


4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of exercises each week. Submission of compulsory assignments is required.


4 hours written digital exam. All mandatory assignments must be approved before you can take the exam.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN4020 – Database SystemsINF3100 - Database Systems (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 22, 2022 7:15:53 AM

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