COIT20247 - Database Design and Development
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will develop a small database by understanding the conceptual and logical design of relational databases. An in-depth knowledge for designing queries using SQL will be developed. The importance of normalisation and tools to achieve it will be emphasised. Database integrity constraints and other specification requirements to be followed during the stage of physical design of the databases are covered extensively. Other topics include the fundamentals of distributed database and data warehousing as well as issues related to security and concurrency control in multi user database environments. This is a core unit for both the Master of Information Systems and Master of Information Technology since database technology is central to all enterprise applications. Note: If you have completed unit COIS20026 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Examination 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
It is harmful for students to use MS Access Wizard to create queries when learning SQL. By using the Wizard, students would have poor understanding of SQL and be unable to build the SQL programming skills/ability that are necessary for IT professionals. From term teaching, assignment and exam marking The SQL queries must be created manually for the assignment 2.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology.
  2. Explain the processes undertaken during identification of functional dependancies and normalisation.
  3. Design and develop a small database using Microsoft Access and design queries using structured query language (SQL).
  4. Identify issues related to data integrity in a multi user database environment.
  5. Explain the fundamental concepts of distributed database and data warehousing.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Program ming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research          
5. Self-management          
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility  
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

Modern Database Management
Author/s: Hoffer, Ramesh & Topi Year: 2016
Edition: 12 Publisher: Pearson
City: Boston State: MA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Access
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorUmapathy Venugopal - uvenu (u.venugopal@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction

Textbook Chapter 1 & Week 1 online materials

Week 2 13-03-2017

Conceptual modelling (1)

Textbook Chapters 1, 2 & Week 2 online materials

Week 3 20-03-2017

Conceptual modelling (2)

Textbook Chapter 3 & Week 3 online materials

Week 4 27-03-2017

Logical design (1)

Textbook Chapter 4 & Week 4 online materials

Week 5 03-04-2017

Logical design (2)

Textbook Chapter 4 & Week 5 online materials

Assignment 1 Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Physical design

Textbook Chapter 5 & Week 6 online materials

Week 7 24-04-2017

SQL (1)

Textbook Chapter 6 & Week 7 online materials

Week 8 01-05-2017

SQL (2)

Textbook Chapter 6 & Week 8 online materials

Week 9 08-05-2017

SQL (3)

Textbook Chapters 6, 7 & Week 9 online materials

Week 10 15-05-2017

Database administration

Textbook Chapter 12 & Week 10 online materials

Assignment 2 Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Distributed databases

Textbook Online chapters-Chapter 13 & Week 11 online materials

Week 12 29-05-2017

Data warehousing & Revision

Textbook Chapter 9 & Week 12 online materials

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in data modelling using Entity Relationship principles for the given business case study and transforming the Entity Relationship model to 3NF Relations. A case study will be available in the unit website for which you need to develop an appropriate Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and then convert your ERD into 3rd Normal Form Relations.

The detailed assignment specifications including the case study will be available from the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment 1 Due
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The detailed marking criteria will be provided along with the assignment specifications.

Your assignment solution will be assessed mainly on the following:

  • identifying suitable entities, identifiers & attributes, relationships and cardinalities
  • using appropriate symbols to represent the entities, relationships and cardinalities
  • specifying relevant assumptions and business rules
  • converting the ERD into 3NF relations

Penalties related to late submission and plagiarism will be applied as per University policy.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology.

2. Explain the processes undertaken during identification of functional dependancies and normalisation.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in designing and implementing a relational database and your ability to solve simple or complex business logic/needs through creation of SQL queries. During week 7, a model solution for the Assignment 1 will be released in the unit Moodle site. Your task for this assignment is to perform logical design, physical design and implement a database based on the Assignment 1 model solution (released) including creation of SQL queries, forms and/or report objects.

The detailed assignment specifications and submission details will be available in the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment 2 Due
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The detailed marking criteria will be provided along with the assignment specifications.

In addition to evaluating your ability to perform the logical design anew, your assignment solution will be assessed mainly on your ability to create a relational database that contains the following:

  • appropriate tables containing relevant attributes with suitable properties
  • suitable relationships amongst the tables
  • SQL statements relevant to the given business requests
  • form and/or report object(s) relevant to the given business requests

Penalties related to late submission and plagiarism will be applied as per University policy.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology.

2. Explain the processes undertaken during identification of functional dependancies and normalisation.

3. Design and develop a small database using Microsoft Access and design queries using structured query language (SQL).

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 35%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology.

2. Explain the processes undertaken during identification of functional dependancies and normalisation.

3. Design and develop a small database using Microsoft Access and design queries using structured query language (SQL).

4. Identify issues related to data integrity in a multi user database environment.

5. Explain the fundamental concepts of distributed database and data warehousing.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility


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