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Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani Distance Learning Programmes Division First Semester 2008-2009 Mid-Semester Test (EC-1 Regular)

Course No. Course Title

Nature of Exam Weightage Duration Date of Exam

: IS ZC332



: 40% : 2 Hours : 02/08/2008


No. of Pages

= 2


No. of Questions = 5


1. Please follow all the Instructions to Candidates given on the cover page of the answer book.

2. All parts of a question should be answered consecutively. Each answer should start from a fresh page.

3. Mobile phones and computers of any kind should not be used inside the examination hall.

4. Use of any unfair means will result in severe disciplinary action.


Consider the following relation:

CAR_SALE (Car#, Date_Sold, Salesman #, Commission %, Discount _ Amt) Assume that a car may be sold by multiple salesman and hence {Car#, Salesman#} is the primary key. Additional Dependencies are Date_Sold Discount _Amt and Salesman# Commission %.

1.1. What is the current highest normal form of CAR_SALE and why?

1.2. Normalize the relation up to BCNF.

[3 + 4 = 7]


State precisely the two different modes of accessing records in which an index can

be beneficiary. List a prime difference between the two modes of access.



Answer the following briefly and to the point.

3.1. Give an example of self-referencing (Unary) relationship with Many-to- Many cardinality constraint on either side.

3.2. List the four conditions / constraints, which on fulfillment can convert a relationship construct in an ER to an associative entity type.

3.3. Give the characteristics of an identifier attribute other than the one listed here. (An identifier cannot be null)

3.4. All tables do not qualify as relations. Give the qualifications other than those listed here (1. A relation has a unique name, 2. Each row carry unique


[2 + 4 + 2 + 2 = 10]

Q.4 (a). Create a table named as Branch with the columns branch_name and branch_city charater type ,assets as integer type. Declare branch_name as the

primary key for branch and ensure that the values of assets are non-negative.

Q.4 (b).

Interpret the logic used in the following SQL in a single English statement. create assertion sum_constraint check (not exists (select * from branch where (select sum(amount ) from loan where loan.branch_name = branch.branch_name ) >= (select sum (amount ) from account

where loan.branch_name =

branch.branch_name ))

Q.4 (c).

Views can be dropped using the DROP VIEW command. Specify the solution provided by any modern DBMS to handle DROP TABLE if there’s a view on

the table?

[3 + 3 + 3 = 9]




Q.5 (a).

Draw an ER model of the ARTIST database which conforms to the following conditions. The model should contain proper ER constructs and cardinality sets.

a) A painter might paint many paintings. To be considered a painter in the ARTIST database, the painter must have painted atleast one painting.

b) Each painting is painted by one and only one painter.

c) A painting might (or might not) be exhibited in a gallery.

d) Characteristic features of a painter include a unique painter number, painter name and areacode he belongs to. Features of a painting include a unique painting number, painting title and the painting price. Features of a gallery include a unique gallery number, gallery owner, area code and exhibition date.

Q.5 (b).

Specify the complete relational schema for the above conceptual model. [6 + 4 = 10]

IS ZC332


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