CIS Ch. 7

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Maintains information about various types of objects (inventory), events (transactions), people (employees), and places (warehouses).

Hierarchical Database Model

Information is organized into a tree-like structure that allows repeating information using parent/child relationships, in such a way that it cannot have too many relationships

Network Database Model

Flexible way of representing objects & their relationships. Allows multiple parent & child records, forming lattice structure

Relational Database Model

Type of database that stores information in the form of logically related 2-dimentional tables


Characteristics or properties of an entity class

Primary Key

Field that uniquely identifies a given entity in a table. It provides a way of distinguishing each entity in a table

Foreign Key

Primary key of one table that appears as an attribute in another table. Acts to provide a logical relationship between the 2 tables

Physical View

Physical storage of info on storage device (hard disk)

Logical View

How users logically access info to meet their particular business needs


How well a system can adapt to increased demands


How quickly a system performs a certain process/transaction


Duplication of information, storing some info in multiple places

Information Integrity

Measure of the quality of information

Integrity Constraints

Rules that help ensure quality of info. Can be defined and built into database design

Relational Integrity Constraints

Rules that enforce basic and fundamental info-based constraints

Business-Critical Integrity Constraints

Rules that Enforce business rules vital to an organization's success and often requires more insight and knowledge

Database Management System (DBMS)

Software through which users and application programs interact with a database

Data-Driven Website

Interactive website kept constantly updated and relevant to the needs of its customers through use of a database


Allows separate systems to communicate directly with each other

Forward Integration

Takes info entered, sends it to downstream system & processes

Backward Integration

Takes info entered into a given system and sends it automatically to all upstream systems and processes

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