CSE3204 - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Jan Miller


Caulfield : Jan Miller


Fourth generation languages (4GL) and the application development environment using event-driven programming and DBMS. Association with prototyping, systems development methodologies and impact on SDLC. User's view of 4GL: planning for success, evaluation criteria, defining strategic use, costing and benefits of 4GL, impact on the organisation. Developing systems: use of current RAD tools with effective GUI design. Specific requirements and features of application environments.


At the completion of this unit students should be able to design and implement software in simple systems using a database and a fourth generation language.


Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

CSE1203 and CSE2132, or equivalent

, or equivalent.

Unit relationships

CSE3204 is a elective unit in the Bachelor of Computing.

Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

CSE1203 and CSE2132, or equivalent

, or equivalent..


You may not study this unit and

CFR3332, CSE2204, SFT2204, SFT3030

in your degree.


Texts and software

Required text(s)


Textbook availability

Not applicable.

Software requirements

Oracle - CD available

PowerBuilder 10

Hardware requirements

On-campus students 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


Morrison, J and Morrison M, (2003) Enhanced Guide to Oracle9i, and

Olson, J. D. and Green, W. (2004) PowerBuilder 9.0 Internet and Distributed Application Development, SAMS.

Other Readings:

Holloway, S. (1991), Fourth Generation Systems, Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Martin, J. (1983), Fourth Generation Languages Vol 1.1, Savant.

Lulushi, Albert (1999), Oracle Developer/2000 Forms The Practitioner's Guide, Prentice Hall.

Stowe, Michael W. (1999), Oracle Developer/2000 Handbook 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.

PowerBuilder 7.0 Unleashed, 3rd Edition (2000) SAMS

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 CSE3204 are:

This unit information outlining the administrative information for the unit.

Printed Lecture Notes obtainable in the bookshop.

The unit website where lecture slides, weekly tutorial requirements, assignment specifications and supplementary information will be posted.


Oracle: http://www.oracle.com/

Sybase: http://www.sybase.com/ or http://www.sybase.com.au/


Sybase Support Online - http://www.sybase.com/support/techdocs/


Unit website


Structure and organisation

Week Topics Key Dates
1 4GS Introduction Assign 1 Task 1
2 Oracle Developer Assign 1 Task 2
3 Oracle Developer Assign 1 Task 3
4 Oracle Developer Assign 1 Task 4
6 UNIT TEST Assign 1 Assessment
7 Sybase PowerBuilder Assign 2 Task 1
8 Sybase PowerBuilder Assign 2 Task 2
9 Sybase PowerBuilder Assign 2 Task 3
10 4GS Concepts Assign 2 Task 4; Assign 2 Task 5
Non teaching week
11 4GS Developments
12 Guest lecturer Assign 2 assessment
13 Review


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


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 40%, a unit test of 10% and an examination with a weighting of 50%. Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

To pass this unit:

· A minimum of 40% must be obtained by assessment under exam conditions,

i.e. the Final Exam + Unit Test;

· and a minimum of 40% must be obtained for work not done under exam conditions, i.e. Assignment 1 + Assignment 2, with an overall average of 50%.

Students who do not meet the 40% minimum for either component will obtain a fail (N) with a maximum of 44% or a near pass grade (NP) with a maximum of 49%.


Note that:

· when a student receives a much higher mark in the team-based practical assignment than that student receives in controlled individual assessment, that is, on the Unit Test or Exam Practical Questions, then that student's mark will be adjusted to reflect the lower mark.

· 60% of the total work requirement for this unit is based on practical work and 40% is based on theory.


Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Assignment 1 (Oracle Developer) 15%

Unit Test (90 mins) 10%

Assignment 2 (Sybase PowerBuilder) 25%

Final Exam (3 hours) 50%

Total 100%

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment 1 Week 6 15%
UNIT TEST (1.5 hours) Week 6 10 %
Assignment 2 Week 12 25 %
The exam is 3 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 50 %

Assignment specifications will be made available On the unit website & as a printed handout.

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by paper submission to the tutor during tutorials On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the lecturer by the week due date, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached 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 that will be advised. 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.

Grading of assessment

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

Grade Percentage/description
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%.

Assignment return

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


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.


Communication methods

Communication methods for the unit will be through tutors, email or to the lecturer at the end of the lecture.


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

Consultation Times

Consulation will be 2-5pm Tuesday or after the lecture.

Other times by appointment.

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:

Ms Jan Miller
Phone +61 3 990 32700
Fax 9903 1077

Mr Glenn Paul

Mr Kevin Foo

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: Jul 18, 2006