“Wait… databases… can that even be interesting?” is the question I posed to myself after reading the first line of my syllabus which read, MIS 330 Database Administration. What I learned in the next hour from our teacher, Robin Buell, changed my whole perspective. In that hour, she gave us an overview of the relational database management system and emphasized the importance of databases in allowing businesses to analyze data in useful ways and transform disparate information into a valuable asset; now this interested me.
The past few weeks have been moving swiftly. We were introduced to SQL, or structured query language, a few weeks before spring break. In those few weeks, we have learned to create tables within a database, utilize aggregate functions to perform calculations, and generate queries against the database to extract information. We are coming off just finishing the first deliverable of our CS 220/MIS 330 joint project, and I am very excited to see our application and business supporting database come to fruition in the coming weeks.
MIS 330 is a fantastic class, which I think can be attributed to Mrs. Buell and the UA MIS program as a whole. She explains all the nuts and bolts that make up a relational database management system with clarity and ensures every student understands the subject matter by consistently asking for feedback. MIS 330 is just another validation that the UA MIS program is one of the best majors at the Capstone. The thing I love the most about this program is that all the tools and guidance are provided by the program; you just have to have the gumption to go out and seize the opportunities. I’m proud to put on that black suit every Tuesday at AIMS and proud to be a part of the University of Alabama MIS program. Roll Tide!
– Kyle Bourgeois