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Associate Professor David Taniar
Associate Professor
Phone: +61 3 990 59693
Fax: +61 3 9905 5159

Contact hours: Wednesday 4-5 pm

Lecturer(s) / Leader(s):

Clayton

Associate Professor David Taniar
Associate Professor
Phone: +61 3 990 59693
Fax: +61 3 9905 5159

Contact hours: Wednesday 4-5 pm

Additional communication information:

Associate Professor David Taniar

Email: David.Taniar@infotech.monash.edu.au

Phone: 9905 9693 

Introduction

Welcome to FIT5059 Advanced Programming for Business Applications for semester 2, 2009. This 6 point unit is an elective to all postgraduate degree programs in the Faculty of Information Technology.

The unit has been designed to provide you with practical skills in programming for database applications using forms. It explores many aspects of databases with emphasis on form programming using a main-stream database management system.

Unit synopsis

This unit is designed for students who wish to extend their programming abilities in developing relatively large database applications. An integrated system of significant size will be developed using the current industry standard software. Topics covered include the principal aspects of database development and applications, advanced queries, customising forms and professional reporting, business graphics, importing and exporting data, internet applications, debugging and error-handling security and system documentation, as well as theory and practice of concurrency, recovery protocols and transaction management

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able:

  1. to create a database system for practical application utilizing forms, reports and graphics;
  2. to understand the principal aspects of setting up a complete database application system;
  3. to write complex queries using database query language;
  4. to experience group work in building a complex database application system;
  5. to produce a database system of professional quality.

Contact hours

3 hrs/week

Workload

Workload commitments per week are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • one-hour laboratory
  • a minimum of 4-5 hours of personal study including programming practice.
  • You will need to allocate up to 8 hours per week in some weeks to complete practical work.

Unit relationships

Prerequisites

FIT9003 or FIT9019 or equivalent.
For MAIT students, FIT9017, FIT9018, FIT9019, FIT9030, FIT9020 and FIT4037.
Required Knowledge: knowledge of relational database principles, including SQL

Prohibitions

FIT3107, BUS5410, BUS4410, BUS3010

Relationships

FIT5059 is an elective unit in the postgraduate courses in the Faculty of IT.

It is a prerequisite that before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

FIT9003, FIT9004

, or equivalent.You should have knowledge of databases.

You may not study this unit and

BUS3010, BUS4410, BUS5410 (BUS5410 has been recoded to FIT5059 in accordance with new Faculty procedures)

in your degree.

Teaching and learning method

The unit will be delivered via lectures and laboratories.

Lecture: During the lecture, your lecturer will introduce key theoretical concepts and demonstrate various approaches to database tasks.

Laboratory: During the lab, a set of exercises which allow you to practise database form programming will be given.

Timetable information

For information on timetabling for on-campus classes please refer to MUTTS, http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Tutorial allocation

On-campus students should register for tutorials/laboratories using the Allocate+ system: http://allocate.cc.monash.edu.au/

Unit Schedule

Week Topic Key dates
1 Topic 1 - SQL  
2 Topic 2 - Data Block Forms  
3 Topic 2 - Data Block Forms  
4 Topic 2 - Data Block Forms  
5 Topic 3 - Basic PL/SQL Programming  
6 Topic 3 - Advanced PL/SQL Programming  
7 Topic 4 - Custom Form (Basic) Mid Term Test
8 Topic 4 - Custom Form (Multiple Form)  
9 Topic 4 - Custom Forms (Tab Forms)  
10 Topic 4 - Custom Forms (Stacked Forms)  
Mid semester break
11 Topic 5 - Integrated Applications Assignment Due
12 Topic 5 - Integrated Applications  
13 Revision  

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

Oracle Form Development for Database Applications, by Taniar & Lim, Publisher: Rinton Press, USA, ISBN 1-58949-055-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.

Recommended text(s) and readings

Oracle Form Development for Database Applications, by Taniar & Lim, Publisher: Rinton Press, USA, ISBN 1-58949-055-X

Required software and/or hardware

You will need access to:

  • Oracle Developer Suite (Form Builder)
  • Oracle SQLPlus*


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.

Equipment and consumables required or provided

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.You will need to allocate up to 4-5 hours per week for use of a computer.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:


  • Weekly detailed lecture notes outlining the learning objectives, discussion of the content, required readings and exercises;
  • Weekly tutorial or laboratory tasks and exercises with sample solutions provided two weeks later;
  • Assignment specifications and sample solutions;
  • A sample examination and suggested solution
  • This Unit Guide outlining the administrative information for the unit;
  • The unit web site on MUSO/Blackboard, where resources outlined above will be made available.

Assessment

Overview

Examination (3hours): 60%; Assignment: 30%; Class Test: 10%

Faculty assessment policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 44% then a mark of no greater than 44-N will be recorded for the unit.

The unit is assessed with one assignment (30%), one class test (10%), and a two-hour closed book examination (60%). To pass the unit you must:

  • attempt the assignment, the class test, and the examination
  • achieve no less than 40% of the possible marks in the non-exam assessments (assignment and class test)
  • achieve no less than 40% of the possible marks in the exam
  • achieve no less than 50% of possible marks
If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination assessment then a mark of no greater than 44-N will be recorded for the unit.

Assignment tasks

Assignment coversheets

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Assignment submission and return procedures, and assessment criteria will be specified with each assignment.

  • Assignment task 1
    Title:
    Oracle Form Builder
    Description:
    This is a group assignment. Students will develop a complete form application using Oracle Developer Suite.
    Weighting:
    30%
    Due date:
    Week 11, Thursday 8-Oct-2009, 3pm

Examination

  • Weighting: 60%
    Length: 3 hours
    Type (open/closed book): Closed book

See Appendix for End of semester special consideration / deferred exams process.

Due dates and extensions

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 not regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Students requesting an extension for any assessment during semester (eg. Assignments, tests or presentations) are required to submit a Special Consideration application form (in-semester exam/assessment task), along with original copies of supporting documentation, directly to their lecturer within two working days before the assessment submission deadline. Lecturers will provide specific outcomes directly to students via email within 2 working days. The lecturer reserves the right to refuse late applications.

A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Refer to the Faculty Special consideration webpage or further details and to access application forms: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html

Late assignment

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day, including weekends. Assignments received later than one week (7 days) 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.

Appendix

Please visit the following URL: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/appendix.html for further information about:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Unit evaluations
  • Communication, participation and feedback
  • Library access
  • Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)
  • Plagiarism, cheating and collusion
  • Register of counselling about plagiarism
  • Non-discriminatory language
  • Students with disability
  • End of semester special consideration / deferred exams