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FIT3118 Database design and administration - Semester 2 , 2008

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Unit leader :

David Taniar

Lecturer(s) :


  • David Taniar


Welcome to FIT3118 Database Design and Administration for Semester 2, 2008. This 6 point unit is a core to all Software Development major of the BITS degree and an elective unit for all undergraduate programs in the Faculty of IT. This  unit has been designed to provide you with an understanding of database design and administration. It explores many aspects of database design covering multidimensional database design, object-relational database design, physical database design, and semi-structured database design.

Unit synopsis

ASCED Discipline Group classification: 020303 Database management

This unit looks at the design and implementation issues of database management systems. Advanced database design using the object-relational approach and multi-dimensional database design are explored. Record, file and index structures are dealt with at the basic level. Semi-structured database design is also introduced along with modern trends in databases.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On the successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • understand object-relational database design;
  • understand multi-dimensional database design;
  • understand physical database design and its impact to performance;
  • understand semi-structured database storage and design;
  • understand database trends and current research directions in database management.
  • Practical Skills

    On the successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • use design a complex database system; and
  • use a database programming language to access a relational database system.
  • Workload

    Workload commitments are:
    • two-hour lecture and
    • two-hour tutorial/laboratory
    • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
    • You will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks, for use of a computer to access the Oracle databases.

    Unit relationships


    Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

    FIT1004 or CSE2132 or equivalent.


    FIT3118 is a core unit in the Software Development major of the BITS degree, and an elective unit of any undergraduate programs of the Faculty of IT.

    It is a prerequisite/corequisite for Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

    FIT1004 or CSE2132 or equivalent.

    You may not study this unit and


    in your degree.

    Continuous improvement

    Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education' and strives for the highest possible quality in teaching and learning. To monitor how successful we are in providing quality teaching and learning Monash regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. Two of the formal ways that you are invited to provide feedback are through Unit Evaluations and through Monquest Teaching Evaluations.

    One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. It is Monash policy for every unit offered to be evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys as they are an important avenue for students to "have their say". The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    Student Evaluations

    The Faculty of IT administers the Unit Evaluation surveys online through the my.monash portal, although for some smaller classes there may be alternative evaluations conducted in class.

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to http://www.monash.edu.au/unit-evaluation-reports/

    Over the past few years the Faculty of Information Technology has made a number of improvements to its courses as a result of unit evaluation feedback. Some of these include systematic analysis and planning of unit improvements, and consistent assignment return guidelines.

    Monquest Teaching Evaluation surveys may be used by some of your academic staff this semester. They are administered by the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) and may be completed in class with a facilitator or on-line through the my.monash portal. The data provided to lecturers is completely anonymous. Monquest surveys provide academic staff with evidence of the effectiveness of their teaching and identify areas for improvement. Individual Monquest reports are confidential, however, you can see the summary results of Monquest evaluations for 2006 at http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/cheq/evaluations/monquest/profiles/index.html

    Unit staff - contact details

    Unit leader

    Dr David Taniar
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone +61 3 990 59693
    Fax +61 3 9905 5159

    Contact hours : Fridays 2-3pm

    Lecturer(s) :

    Dr David Taniar
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone +61 3 990 59693
    Fax +61 3 9905 5159

    Contact hours : Fridays 2-3pm

    Teaching and learning method

    Students are expected to attend lectures and participated in the tutorials. Outside the timetabled lectures/tutorials, students are expected to spend at least 4 hours to do some homework studies, including practical exercises.

    Tutorial allocation

    Students should register for tutorials/laboratories using Allocate+.

    Communication, participation and feedback

    Monash aims to provide a learning environment in which students receive a range of ongoing feedback throughout their studies. You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This may take the form of group feedback, individual feedback, peer feedback, self-comparison, verbal and written feedback, discussions (on line and in class) as well as more formal feedback related to assignment marks and grades. You are encouraged to draw on a variety of feedback to enhance your learning.

    It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem that is affecting your study. Semesters are 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.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Topic Study guide Key dates
    1 Multidimensional Database Design: Introduction Rob&Coronel Ch 9  
    2 Multidimensional Database Design: Modelling Rob&Coronel Ch 9  
    3 Multidimensional Database Design: Queries Rob&Coronel Ch 9  
    4 Object-Relational Database Design: Design and Transformation Object-Oriented Oracle textbook  
    5 Object-Relational Database Design: Manipulations Object-Oriented Oracle textbook  
    6 Object-Relational Database Design: Advanced DW Design Elmasri textbook  
    7 Physical Database Design Elmasri textbook  
    8 Physical Database Design Elmasri textbook  
    9 Physical Database Design Elmasri textbook  
    10 Semi-structured Database Design and Storage    
    11 Semi-structured database design and storage    
    Mid semester break
    12 Semi-structured database design and storage    
    13 Revision    

    Unit Resources

    Prescribed text(s) and readings

  • Object-Oriented Oracle, Rahayu, Taniar, and Pardede, CyberTech, 2006
  • Rob & Coronel, Database Systems 
  • Fundamentals of Database Systems, Elmasri and Navathe, 5th edition, Addison Wesley, 2007,
  • Database System Concepts, Silberschatz, Korth, and Sudarshan, 5th edition, Mc-Graw Hill, 2006.
  • 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.

    Recommended text(s) and readings

  • Object-Oriented Oracle, Rahayu, Taniar, and Pardede, CyberTech, 2006
  •  Rob & Coronel, Database Systems
  • Fundamentals of Database Systems, Elmasri and Navathe, 5th edition, Addison Wesley, 2007,
  • Database System Concepts, Silberschatz, Korth, and Sudarshan, 5th edition, Mc-Graw Hill, 2006.
  • Required software and/or hardware

    You will need to access: Oracle DBMS.

    On-campus students may use this software which is installed in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook.

    Equipment and consumables required or provided

    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. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

    Study resources

    Study resources we will provide for your study are:

    Library access

    The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

    Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)

    All unit and lecture materials are available through MUSO (Monash University Studies Online). Blackboard is the primary application used to deliver your unit resources. Some units will be piloted in Moodle. If your unit is piloted in Moodle, you will see a link from your Blackboard unit to Moodle (http://moodle.monash.edu.au) and can bookmark this link to access directly. In Moodle, from the Faculty of Information Technology category, click on the link for your unit.

    You can access MUSO and Blackboard via the portal: http://my.monash.edu.au

    Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then Blackboard under the MUSO learning systems.

    In order for your Blackboard unit(s) to function correctly, your computer needs to be correctly configured.

    For example:

    • Blackboard supported browser
    • Supported Java runtime environment

    For more information, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/students/downloadables-student.html

    You can contact the MUSO Support by: Phone: (+61 3) 9903 1268

    For further contact information including operational hours, please visit: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/students/contact.html

    Further information can be obtained from the MUSO support site: http://www.monash.edu.au/muso/support/index.html


    Unit assessment policy

    Assignment tasks

    • Assignment Task

      Title : Assignment

      Description :

      Object-relational database design and implementation

      Weighting : 30%

      Criteria for assessment :

      Due date : Week 11, Friday 26-Sept-2008, 4pm

    • Assignment Task

      Title : Class Test

      Description :

      Closed book

      Weighting : 10%

      Criteria for assessment :

      Due date : Week 9, Friday 12-Sept-2008, 10-11am


    • Examination

      Weighting : 60%

      Length : 2 hours

      Type ( open/closed book ) : Closed book

    Assignment submission

    Assignments will be submitted by softcopy and hardcopy submission with the appropriate coversheet correctly filled out and attached by the due date, to the general office of Caulfield of School of Information Technology.

    Assignment coversheets

    Assignment must have a coversheet, which can be found via the "Student assignment coversheets" ( http://infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/assignments/ ) page on the faculty website

    University and Faculty policy on assessment

    Due dates and extensions

    The due dates for the submission of assignments are given in the previous section. Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. 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. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

    Requests for extensions must be made to the lecturer at least one week before the due date. You will be asked toforward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may beasked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copyof the email or other written communication of an extension must beattached to the assignment submission.

    Late assignment

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 10% penaly for each day after the due date. Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

    Return dates

    Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.

    Assessment for the unit as a whole is in accordance with the provisions of the Monash University Education Policy at http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/assessment/

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

    Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

    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 (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/about/committees-groups/facboard/policies/studrights.html) 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.

    Register of counselling about plagiarism

    The university requires faculties to keep a simple and confidential register to record counselling to students about plagiarism (e.g. warnings). The register is accessible to Associate Deans Teaching (or nominees) and, where requested, students concerned have access to their own details in the register. The register is to serve as a record of counselling about the nature of plagiarism, not as a record of allegations; and no provision of appeals in relation to the register is necessary or applicable.

    Non-discriminatory language

    The Faculty of Information Technology is committed to the use of non-discriminatory language in all forms of communication. Discriminatory language is that which refers in abusive terms to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or nationality, ethnic or language background, physical or mental ability, or political or religious views, or which stereotypes groups in an adverse manner. This is not meant to preclude or inhibit legitimate academic debate on any issue; however, the language used in such debate should be non-discriminatory and sensitive to these matters. It is important to avoid the use of discriminatory language in your communications and written work. The most common form of discriminatory language in academic work tends to be in the area of gender inclusiveness. You are, therefore, requested to check for this and to ensure your work and communications are non-discriminatory in all respects.

    Students with disabilities

    Students with disabilities that may disadvantage them in assessment should seek advice from one of the following before completing assessment tasks and examinations:

    Deferred assessment and special consideration

    Deferred assessment (not to be confused with an extension for submission of an assignment) may be granted in cases of extenuating personal circumstances such as serious personal illness or bereavement. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/exams/special-consideration.html. Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.