These pages are for the 2015/16 session of this course.

Link: Current course website

Inf1-DA lectures are twice weekly throughout Semester 2 in Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 4. To participate in the course you need to attend the lectures.

Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 4
Tuesday 1110–1200
Friday 1410–1500

Links: Appleton Tower (Map); Lecture Theatre 4


  1. Course Overview

Part I: Structured Data

  1. Entities and Relationships
  2. The Relational Model
  3. From ER Diagrams to Relational Models
  4. Relational Algebra
  5. Tuple Relational Calculus
  6. SQL
  7. SQL Queries

Part II: Semistructured Data

  1. Trees and XML
  2. Structuring XML
  3. Navigating XML using XPath
  4. Corpora
  5. Annotation of Corpora
  6. Example Corpora Applications

Part III: Unstructured Data

  1. Information Retrieval
  2. Vector Spaces for Information Retrieval
  3. Data Scales & Summary Statistics
  4. Hypothesis Testing and Correlation
  5. χ² Testing for Categorical Data


  1. Course Review
  2. Exam Preparation

Q. What would you say to students considering taking this course?

A. Go to every lecture, they’re all interesting and unique.

— Anonymous student giving feedback on last year’s course.

Appleton Tower

Inf1-DA 2015–2016