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FIT2077 Database design - Semester 1, 2011

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. Higher level details of consistency, atomicity and durability are introduced along with modern trends in databases.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

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

Prohibitions

CSE3000, FIT3118, FIT4038

Prerequisites

FIT1004 or CSE2132 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

David Taniar

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

David Taniar

Tutors

Caulfield

Winy (Geng Zhao)

Jason (Kefeng Xuan)

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand object-relational database design;
  • understand multi-dimensional database design;
  • understand query optimisation and its impact on programming;
  • understand semi-structured database design and retrieval;
  • understand database trends and current research directions in database management.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Class Test 10% Class Test, Thursday 21 April 2011
    Assignment 30% Week 11, Friday 20 May 2011
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

    Feedback

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    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Multidimensional Database Design: Introduction  
    2 07/03/11 Multidimensional Database Design: Modelling  
    3 14/03/11 Multidimensional Database Design: Queries  
    4 21/03/11    
    5 28/03/11 Object-Relational Database Design: Manipulations  
    6 04/04/11 Object-Relational Database Design: Advanced DW Design  
    7 11/04/11    
    8 18/04/11 Physical Database Design Class Test, Thursday 21 April 2011
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Physical Database Design  
    10 09/05/11 Semi-structured Database Design and Storage  
    11 16/05/11 Semi-structured Database Design and Storage Assignment due, Friday 20 May 2011
    12 23/05/11 Semi-structured Database Design and Storage  
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    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 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks

    Participation

    • Assessment task 1
      Title:
      Class Test
      Description:
      Multidimensional, object-relational, and physical database design
      Weighting:
      10%
      Criteria for assessment:

      This is an individual class test. Students will be assesed for their understanding on multidimensional design, object-relational design, and physical database design. Case studies will be given as well.

      Due date:
      Class Test, Thursday 21 April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Title:
      Assignment
      Description:
      Multidimensional, object-relational, and physical database design
      Weighting:
      30%
      Criteria for assessment:

      Students will develop a database design incorporating multidimensional design, temporal design using object-relational methods, and query optimization. A case study will be given as well.

      Due date:
      Week 11, Friday 20 May 2011

    Examinations

    • Examination 1
      Weighting:
      60%
      Length:
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
      None

    Assignment submission

    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.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

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