FIT1004 Database , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Christine Clemence
Berwick : Lindsay Smith
Caulfield : Robert Redpath
Gippsland : Shyh Wei Teng
Peninsula : Christine Clemence
Outline This unit will provide an introduction to the concepts of database management. This will include planning, designing, using and implementing a data model using an enterprise-scale relational database system. Methods and techniques will also be presented to populate, retrieve, update and implement integrity features on data in the implemented database system.
Objectives At the completion of this unit students will have knowledge and understanding of:
  • the major objectives of database technology;
  • the relational model for databases and competing models;
  • the phases of the database development life cycle and their correspondence to the phases of the system development lifecycle;
  • the techniques and tools to design and implement a database suitable for an information system;
  • a database retrieval and manipulation language;
  • methods to in put place physical structures to permit efficient operation of a database;
  • the relationship of database technology to data warehousing and data mining;
  • the role of a database administrator;


At the completion of this unit students will have developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • Appreciate the privacy issues relating to storage of data in a database.
  • Practice ethical behaviour when developing, implementing and using a database.
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Unit relationships FIT1004 is a core unit in the Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems. There are no prerequisites for this unit. You may not study this unit and BUS3112, CPE2005, CSE2132, CSE2138, CSE2316, CSE3180, CSE3316, GCO2815, IMS1907, MMS2801 in your degree.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Rob, P. and Coronel, C. Database Management 6th Edition, Thomson Course Technology, 2004 , 0-619-21323-x

Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Hardware requirements:

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook.

Recommended reading

Hoffer, J.A. Prescott, M.B. and McFadden,F.R., Modern Database Management 7th Edn., Addison-Wesley, 2005

Mannino, M. V.; Database Design Application Development, and Administration 2nd Edn., McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2004

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for FIT1004 are:

Structure and organisation



Study Guide

1 Database: Introductory Topics Study Guide 1
2 The Database Design Lifecycle Study Guide 3
3 The Relational Database Model Study Guide 3
4 Conceptual Design Study Guide 4
5 Logical Design Study Guide 5
6 Normalisation Study Guide 6
7 SQL:DML Study Guide 7
8 SQL:DML Study Guide 8
9 SQL: DDL, DCL and Transaction Managment Study Guide 9
10 Physical Design Study Guide 10
11 Data Warehousing & Data Mining Study Guide 11
12 Database Administration Study Guide12
13 Revision

The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 40% and an examination with a weighting of 60%.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

Obtain at least 50% of the total marks for the subject. In addition students must earn at least 40% of the marks available for practical work AND at least 40% in the examination. Where the exam mark is less than 40% the final mark for the subject will be the exam mark unless the exam mark is 0. In this case the final mark will be the overall mark. Where the assignment mark is less than 40% the final mark for the subject will be the assignment mark.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment 1 13th April 2006
Assignment 2 19th May 2006

Assignment specifications will be made available on the FIT1004 campus based websites. Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the relevant campus assignment box by the due date, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached.

Off Campus (OCL) students [OCL only] Mail your assignment to the Off-Campus Learning Centre with the cover sheet attached.

Singapore and Hong Kong Students [Gippsland only] Mail your assignment to the Distance Education Centre with the cover sheet attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received/the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of a deduction of 20 marks per day, this includes weekends. Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission. An extension will only be considered with supporting documentation from a health professional and if the problem/illness occurred within the week prior to the due date. If an extension is granted the extension will then equal the number of days specified on the health professional's certificate.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.



Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the campus Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the notices is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

Refer to the lecturer and tutor at the relevant campus.

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Feb 27, 2006