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FIT9019 Database technology - Semester 1, 2011

Database concepts and models, relational database management systems, semantic data modelling, entities and entity relationship modelling, normalisation, user requirements specification, database specification. Storage media and data organisation, logical data structures: linear and non-linear. Physical database implementation, integrity, backup, recovery, security. Structured Query Language, database administration. Current topics; distributed database, data warehousing, Object-oriented database.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Evening)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


Workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour tutorial (or laboratory) (requiring advance preparation)
  • 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, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Unit Relationships



Chief Examiner

Campbell Wilson

Campus Lecturer


Manoj Kathpalia

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the motivations behind the development of database management systems;
  • appreciate the underlying theoretical basis of the relational database model and how this model may be implemented in practice;
  • understand the differences between non-relational database models and the relational database mode;
  • be able to apply logical and physical database design principles to a database implementation;
  • be conversant with Structured Query Language (SQL);
  • understand the processes involved in database administration, transaction management, concurrency control, restart and recovery.

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 (2 hours): 65%; In-semester assessment: 35%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Assignment 1 (Data Modelling) 20% 3pm on April 15, 2011
    Assignment 2 (SQL) 15% 3pm on May 20, 2011
    Examination 1 65% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

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


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    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Interviews

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    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11 Please register in Allocate+ for your tutorials No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Introduction  
    2 07/03/11 Relational Data Model  
    3 14/03/11 Database Design 1  
    4 21/03/11 Database Design 2  
    5 28/03/11 Database Design 3/SQL 1  
    6 04/04/11 SQL 2  
    7 11/04/11 SQL 3 Assignment 1 Due
    8 18/04/11 Physical Database Design 1  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Physical Database Design 2  
    10 09/05/11 Database Security, Concurrency & Recovery  
    11 16/05/11 Advanced Database Topics Assignment 2 Due
    12 23/05/11 TBA  
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during 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
      Assignment 1 (Data Modelling)
      Students will be provided with a case study and will have to perform the Entity Relationship modelling and the normalisation process.
      Criteria for assessment:

      1. Quality of the benefits of database approach to the management of data.
      2. Correctness and quality of database design. This should support the business requirements outlined in the case study.
      3. Correctness of the normalisation process.
      4. Correctness of the Database Design Language (DBDL) for the normalised relations.

      Due date:
      3pm on April 15, 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Assignment 2 (SQL)
      Students will be provided with a set of relations and will have to create the database using Oracle software and develop a set of SQL queries.
      Criteria for assessment:

      1. Correctness of any changes made to the relations provided to accomodate the business requirements.
      2. Correctness of the data used to populate the tables.
      3. Correctness and quality of SQL commands to implement the queries identified. These will be assessed as to whether the output of the commands answers the business queies asked.
      4. Use of any Oracle features with justification in the implementation.

      Due date:
      3pm on May 20, 2011


    • Examination 1
      2 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website:
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

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    Recommended Reading

    Connolly, T. and Begg, C., Database Systems - A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management (4th ed.), Addison-Wesley, 2005, ISBN -13 978-0-321-21025-8.
    Elmasri, R. & Navathe, S.B. Fundamentals of Database Systems (5th ed.), Addison-Wesley, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-36957-2.