Course Description

This course provides students with the essential skills to build database applications using modern development technologies and practices.

Course Details

Database applications are critical technologies in any organization. These applications enable retrieving and updating of data in a database, while providing an easy and intuitive interface to the users. A well-designed application separates code into three layers of presentation, business logic, and data access which allows for easy maintenance, scalability  and modifications.

Using Microsoft .NET technology, C# programming language and Visual Studio IDE, this course covers ADO.NET in depth, from Rapid Application Development with datasets, through creating three-layer Windows Forms applications with connections, commands and data readers, to working with object data sources and Entity Framework.

The database used in this course in Microsoft SQL Server, but the same techniques can be applied to work with any database management system like Oracle, MySQL or PostgreSQL.

Database programming concepts covered in this course are transferable to other programming environments, like Java and Ruby.

Course Level Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Create RAD database application prototypes and professional three-layer windows applications capable of processing and manipulating data from a database

Topics of Instruction

  • ADO.NET Introduction
  • DataSets and the DataSet Designer
  • Bound controls and parameterized queries
  • Connections and commands
  • Parameters
  • Transactions
  • Object data source
  • LINQ to SQL
  • Introduction to Entity Framework
  • Rapid Application Development Technique
  • Three-layer Design Development Technique


For the best experience, your computer and internet connection should meet certain requirements. See the recommended requirements...

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)

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Online Synchronous
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Apr 13, 2022 to Jun 15, 2022
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $875.00
Reading List / Textbook
Murach's ADO.NET 4 Database Programming with C# 2010
Anne Boehm, Ged Mead
Mike Murach & Associates; 4th Edition

Please note: ICT textbooks are not available through the University of Calgary bookstore.

Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

You will require access to a computer with an Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors).

This course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.
  • A virtual lab with VMware Horizon, a platform that provides access to virtual applications including the latest software for the course. You will be provided with a VMware account and login information once the course starts.

For the best experience, your computer and internet connection should meet certain requirements. See the recommended requirements...

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.


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