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CIW Database Design Specialist Course

Course Format:Online Course
Self-Study Time:Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:2-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The CIW Database Design Specialist Course teaches students how to plan and design relational databases. You will learn about the theory behind relational databases, relational database nomenclature, and relational algebra. The course includes sections on Structured Query Language (SQL) and optimising databases through normalisation. You will apply your knowledge with hands-on labs designed to teach the intricacies of database design methodology.

The CIW Database Design Specialist course provides introductory vendor-neutral training for individuals planning to pursue product-focused database specialisation. This course introduces you to DB2, Oracle Database 11g, MS SQL and mySQL. You will also learn about Structured Query Language (SQL) and database optimisation through normalisation.

Skills Taught:

  • Relational database fundamentals.
  • Database planning.
  • Database design methodology, including logical and physical database design.
  • Optimisation and normalisation.
  • Structured Query Language (SQL).
  • Relational algebra.
  • Transactions and database security.

The CIW Database Design Specialist Course includes the following items:

  • One year License to the official CIW 1D0-541 Database Design Specialist online course materials. This includes: Pre-Assessment, Exercises, Quizes and Flashcards, Videos, and Practice Exams.
  • CIW Live Labs
  • An optional PSI Online Exam Voucher to cover the cost of your CIW Exam (£120.00).
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This course is one of three titles that makes up the CIW Web Development Professional Series of qualifications. Each course represents an individual CIW exam: 

  • CIW JavaScript Specialist 
  • CIW Perl Specialist
  • CIW Database Design Specialist

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The CIW Database Design Specialist Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Databases; What Is a Database?; File-Based Databases; The Evolution of Databases; Relational Databases and Database Management Systems (DBMSs); and Origins of Relational Databases.
The following topics are covered: Fundamentals; Introduction to Relational Databases; Multitier Database Architecture; Relational Model Terminology; Using Tables to Represent Data; Characteristics of Relations; Data Models; Entities and Data Relationships; Relational Integrity; Database Languages; and Data Dictionaries.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Database Planning; Database Design Life Cycle; Database Requirements Document; ProAudio Case Study; Selecting a DBMS; and Selecting an Application Interface.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Database Design Methodology; Effects of Poor Database Design Practices; Database Design Phases; Conceptual Database Design; and Entity-Relationship (ER) Models.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Normalization; What Is Normalization?; Normal Forms; First Normal Form; Second Normal Form; Third Normal Form; and Boyce-Codd Normal Form (BCNF).
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Logical Database Design; Logical Database Design; Creating a Logical Data Model; Using a Database Definition Language; Validating the Logical Data Model; Defining Integrity Constraints; and Creating an Enterprise Data Model.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Physical Database Design; Physical Database Design; MySQL Query Browser; Creating Enterprise Constraints; Using Secondary Indexes; Denormalization; Creating User Views; and Designing Database Access Rules.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Structured Query Language SQL Basics; Data Definition Language; Data Manipulation Language; Retrieving Data from Relations; and Data Control Language.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Relational Algebra; Defining Relational Algebra; Selection; Projection; Cartesian Product; Union; Difference; Intersection; and Joins.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Database Transactions and Security Transactions Concurrency Control; and Database Security.
Additional Online CIW Course Content
  • Exercises, Quizzes and Flashcards

Each lesson comes with Exercises, Flashcards & Quizzes. There is no limit to the number of times learners can attempt these. Exercises come with detailed remediation, which ensures that learners are confident on the topic before proceeding. Flashcards help master the key concepts while the Glossary defines the key terms. There are over 800 unique questions including pre-assessment, quizzes, exercises, and post assessment.

  • Videos and How To:

The course includes videos to help understand concepts. It also includes How Tos that help learners in accomplishing certain tasks.

  • Practice Tests

The CIW Practice tests are full length tests that closely follow the exam objectives and are designed to simulate real exam conditions. Each course has a number of test sets consisting of hundreds of items to ensure that learners are prepared for the certification exam.

Practice Test Features:

  • Full Remediation: Each question comes with detailed remediation explaining not only why an answer option is correct, but also why it is incorrect.
  • Unlimited Practice: Each test can be taken an unlimited number of times until the learner feels they are prepared. Learners can review the test and read detailed remediation. Detailed test history is also available.
  • Learn, Test and Review Mode: Each test set comes with learn, test and review modes. In learn mode, learners will attempt a question and will get immediate feedback and complete remediation as they move on to the next question. In test mode, learners can take a timed test simulating the actual exam conditions. In review mode, learners can read through one item at a time without attempting it.

Please Note - Digital Course Materials: As the Official CIW Course Materials are a digital license, we cannot offer refunds once the access code has been issued to students. We advise students access a Free Trial of the course content from our Online Portal prior to purchase to make sure you are happy with the format and course content. Extensions for the online content can be purchased if you need to extend your studies. We will email students prior to their access expiring to see if they require a 3 or 6 month extension.

CIW Live Labs

Live Labs gives access to a real computer equipment, networked together and conveniently accessible over the internet. The Live Labs have equipment such as a computer, server, switch or router in it so that a user is free to configure.

The benefits of live-labs are:

  • Exam based practical tasks
  • Real equipment, absolutely no simulations
  • Access to the latest industry technologies
  • Available anytime, anywhere on any device
  • Break and Reset functionality
  • No hardware costs
CIW Exam Voucher (Optional) - £120.00

Exam Vouchers are available to arrange exams through PSI Testing. The exams are available at selected in-house testing centres or through PSI's remote video proctoring service which allows you to take CIW exams from the comfort of your own home or office.

The remote testing requires an active webcam and stable high speed Internet connection. A live proctor will visually monitor the student and the exam during the entire testing session.

Please Note: CIW Exam Vouchers can only be purchased alongside CIW Course Materials.


The course does not have any pre-requisites although we do recommend completing the CIW Foundations Associate Course prior to studying this course. It is recommended that students have a good knowledge of general IT and a basic knowledge of the purpose and function of a database. Also, students should be familiar with an operating system such as Microsoft Windows before taking this course. The CIW Database Design Specialist does not provide entry-level computer literacy.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can register at any time and have 12 months access to the course from enrolment. The course is designed as a self-study course, but if you have any problems you can email our support email service.

As this is a self-study course, how quickly it takes to complete will depend on the learner and the amount of time they have available to study.

CIW Database Design Specialist 1D0-541 Examination

CIW Database Design Specialist 1D0-541 ExaminationOn Completion of this curriculum, you can apply for the internationally recognised CIW Database Design Specialist 1D0-541 Examination. The CIW Database Design Specialist exam consists of 50 multiple choice/multiple answer questions over 90 minutes and the passing score is 75%.

CIW exams are completed through PSI Exams. Learners can purchase an exam voucher through ourselves for £120.00, or they can register and arrange exams with PSI Exams. The exams are available as remote exams or at selected exam centres through the PSI Bridge 2 System website.

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