DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Course

Report on IBM DB2 Training Program

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IBM Academic Initiative is an innovative program to partner with colleges and universities worldwide to better educate  millions of students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. 

A initial round of discussion was conducted on 16-Jun-10 by Dr. M N Agnisarman Namdoodiri (HOD – CSE), Dr. V N Krishnachandran (HOD – MCA), Mr. Kaushik M (AP-CSE) and Mr. Mohammad M Shiddique (IT Specialist - AI/Rational SEED Program, IBM India Pvt Ltd) regarding the conduct of IBM Academic Initiative programme at Vidya Academy of Science & Technology. 
IBM has also proposed branding the existing computer lab as IBM Software Centre of Excellence Lab, subjected to specific condition that at least 100 students should be IBM certified. 
As a part of the IBM Academic Initiative from IBM, DB2 training program was conducted for S4 MCA students on August 5 – 7, 2010. The 3 day training was conducted by Mr. Mohammad Adnan Khan from Vinsys IT Services (I) Pvt. Ltd, Pune under the co-ordination of Mr. Dijesh P (Sr. Lecturer - MCA). After the training programme, 1st mock test (online) was conducted on 11-Aug-10 and 2nd test (online qualifying exam) was conducted on 13-Aug-10. 
The final online test was conducted on 17-Aug-10. Students wrote the exam in Prometric online examination system, which was proctored by Mr. Mohammad M Shiddique of IBM. Out of 49 candidates appeared, 33 have cleared the online exam. The pass percentage is 67.34%. All students who have cleared the test will be getting certificates from IBM. 
Mr. Mohammad M Shiddique was impressed by the performance of the students and the infrastructure facility. Another training session is planned for the S7 CSE students. 
Kaushik M, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, VAST.

Section 1 : Planning (14%) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 Qs
A. Knowledge of restricting data access
B. Knowledge of the features or functions available in DB2 tools (just tools that come with product - distributed space - i.e., control center, configuration advisor, configuration assistant, command line processor)
C. Knowledge database workloads (OLTP vs warehousing)
D. Knowledge of non-relational data concepts (extenders)
E. Knowledge of XML data implications (non-shreading)
Section 2 : Security (11%) ------------------------------------------------------------------------7 Qs
A. Knowledge of DB2 products (client, server, etc.)
B. Knowledge of different privileges and authorities
C. Knowledge of encryption options (data and network)
D. Given a DDL SQL statement, knowledge to identify results (grant/revoke/connect statements)
Section 3 : Working with Databases and Database Objects (17%) -----------------------11 Qs
A. Ability to identify and connect to DB2 servers and databases
B. Ability to identify DB2 objects
C. Knowledge of basic characteristics and properties of DB2 objects
D. Given a DDL SQL statement, knowledge to identify results (ability to create objects)
Section 4 : Working with DB2 Data using SQL (23.5%) -------------------------------------15 Qs
A. Given a DML SQL statement, knowledge to identify results
B. Ability to use SQL to SELECT data from tables
C. Ability to use SQL to SORT or GROUP data
D. Ability to use SQL to UPDATE, DELETE, or INSERT data
E. Knowledge of transactions (i.e., commit/rollback and transaction boundaries)
F. Ability to call a procedure or invoke a user defined function
G. Given an XQuery statement, knowledge to identify results
Section 5 : Working with DB2 Tables, Views and Indexes (23.5%) ----------------------15 Qs
A. Ability to demonstrate usage of DB2 data types
B. Given a situation, ability to create table
C. Knowledge to identify when referential integrity should be used
D. Knowledge to identify methods of data constraint
E. Knowledge to identify characteristics of a table, view or index
F. Knowledge to identify when triggers should be used
G. Knowledge of schemas
H. Knowledge of data type options for storing XML data
Section 6 : Data Concurrency (11%) ------------------------------------------------------------7 Qs
A. Knowledge to identify factors that influence locking
B. Ability to list objects on which locks can be obtained
C. Knowledge to identify characteristics of DB2 locks
D. Given a situation, knowledge to identify the isolation levels that should be used

Objective type exam
No. of questions: 64
Passing % required : 59 %
Duration of exam: 90 minutes
The Fundamentals tutorial series provides an introduction to SQL (Structured Query Language) and covers how DB2® 9 is packaged and installed, how to create databases and database objects, and the basics of database security and transaction isolation. These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam.However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam.After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Each tutorial should take about an hour to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF or zip file.
DB2 9 Fundamentals exam 730 prep.
Part 1: Planning
This tutorial introduces the basics of the DB2 products and tools, along with the concepts of data warehousing and OLAP.
Part 2: Security
This tutorial introduces you to DB2 security. Learn about DB2 authentication, authorization, and privileges.
Part 3: Accessing DB2 data
This tutorial gives you an introduction to the objects that make up a DB2 database, and the different factors which affect how the database is created. After a brief introduction to DB2 objects, learn about the tools available to create, access, and manipulate DB2 objects.
Part 4: Working with DB2 data
This tutorial introduces you to Structured Query Language (SQL), and gives you the basics of how DB2 9 uses SQL to manipulate data in a relational database.
Part 5: Working with DB2 objects
This tutorial discusses data types, tables, views, and indexes as defined by DB2 9. It explains the features of these objects, how to create and manipulate them using Structured Query Language (SQL), and how they can be used in an application.
Part 6: Data concurrency
This tutorial introduces you to the concept of data consistency and to the various mechanisms that are used by DB2 9 to maintain database consistency in both single and multi-user environments.
Part 7: Introducing Xquery
DB2 9 features significant new support for storing, managing, and querying XML data. Learn how to query data stored in XML columns using XQuery.