Provide an Entity Relationship Model (ERM) that will describe the data structure that will store all data elements

Assignment 3: University Database

A  prestigious university has recently implemented a consolidation  strategy that will require it to centralize their student records. In  order to move forward, the local university will need to develop a data  model that will retain student records and perform various data extract  transform and load (ETL) processes. Imagine that you have been hired as a  database consultant to assist in the development of a data design  strategy for the student records.

You  met with various university subject matter experts and have determined  the following after performing various business analysis processes:

  • Faculty  groups are divided by core competencies that the university offers. For  example, there are groups such as the Art Faculty, Computer Technology  Faculty, Language Faculty, and Science Faculty. Each faculty member has  an assigned Dean and is designated to teach at one particular campus and  school. They are able to teach as many courses as required.
  • Courses  are categorized by course code and title. Certain courses have  prerequisites and the university has asked for this to be cataloged as  well.
  • There  are various schools within each campus. For example, the Los Angeles  campus holds the following schools: School of Science, School of Law,  and School of Computer Technology. Additionally, each school offers  different professional study programs such as Forensic Computer Science,  Marine Biology, Business Management, and Civil Engineering to name a  few.
  • The  study path for students requires that they be enrolled in a specific  professional study program. The professional study program requires the  students to complete a specific set of core courses. The university also  requires that an online grade book be available. The online grade book  should show grades awarded to students for specific courses and the term  they completed the course.
  • The university identifies each student by his or her name, date of birth, social, and professional study program.

Using these findings, write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze  the university’s requirements and provide a proposal to organize all  the required data elements. The proposal should include the following:
    1. Provide an Entity Relationship Model (ERM) that will describe the data structure that will store all data elements. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
    2. Describe  any assumptions or limitations for each relationship. For example,  professors are able to teach more than one course or students can only  be enrolled in one program.
  2. Create the primary key and foreign keys using a UML Class diagram for each table.
  3. Suggest  at least four (4) types of business intelligence reports that could  help the university in course management, student enrollment, or  historical tracking. Support your answer by providing specific business  functions that these reports could assist executives of the university.
  4. As  an alternative for development of the database, you are considering  outsourcing the functions above. Research the Internet and other media  sources for vendors who develop registrar and school management database  systems.
    1. Suggest  three (3) vendors that developed and are employing efficient registrar  and school management database systems and support your reasons to  choose from one (1) of these three (3) vendors.
    2. Compare  and contrast the key aspects that each system offers. Examples of  system aspects include but not limited to cloud based, pricing model,  open source, etc.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be  typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with  one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA  or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional  instructions.
  • Include  a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s  name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover  page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment  page length.
  • Include  charts or diagrams created in any chart or drawing tools with which you  are familiar. The completed diagrams / charts must be imported into the  Word document before the paper is submitted.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the role of databases and database management systems in managing organizational data and information.
  • Recognize the historical development of database management systems and logical data models.
  • Design and implement a database solution to solve a proposed business problem.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the strategic implications and management of database systems.
  • Write  clearly and concisely about topics related to the strategic planning  for database systems using proper writing mechanics and technical style  conventions.