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Unit Schedule

Week Date* Activities Assessment
0 21/02/11    
1 28/02/11 Introducing semi-structured data (XML)  
2 07/03/11 The XML Data Model  
3 14/03/11 Defining XML datatypes (XML Schema)  
4 21/03/11 Advanced XML Schema  
5 28/03/11 XML Namespaces, Document Engineering  
6 04/04/11 Path Expressions (XPath), Transforming XML (XSLT)  
7 11/04/11 Advanced XSLT  
8 18/04/11 Storing XML in a DB Assignment 1 due Monday 18 April 2011
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Querying XML (XQuery)  
10 09/05/11 Parsing XML  
11 16/05/11 Web Service standards  
12 23/05/11 Guest lecture and revision Assignment 2 due Monday 23 May 2011
  30/05/11 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


  • Assessment task 1
    Designing XML database.
    This assessment aims to evaluate students' ability to design an XML repository, consisting of XML documents and their associated XML schemas.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Explanation of the design process that the student followed in producing the repository and the reasoning behind any design decisions made.

    The correctness and robustness of the design (XML Schema) produced.

    The correctness of the XML document instances according to the schema.

    Due date:
    Monday 18 April 2011
    This is a group assigment. The group will consist of 2 students.
  • Assessment task 2
    Designing data storage and retrieving XML from a Relational DB
    This assessment aims to evaluate students' ability to use tranformation and/or query languages to access and manipulate data from an XML repository. The assessment will include the design of several queries/transformations to demonstrate the students' ability to use XSLT and/or XQuery.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The creation of declarative scripts that enable the appropriate data to be
    retrieved in the correct format from an XML repository.

    The correct use of XSLT and/or XQuery constructs.

    Due date:
    Monday 23 May 2011
    Students will be interviewed during week 12 tutorial as part of the marking criteria of this assessment. This is a group assignment. A group consists of 2 students.


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Quick reference guide on XML Schema and XSLT will be provided as part of the exam booklet.

Assignment submission

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