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Academic Overview

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 September 09, 2011
Assignment 2 (SQL) 15% 3pm on October 14, 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.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Interviews

Your feedback to Us

Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Please register in Allocate+ for your tutorials No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction  
2 Relational Data Model  
3 Database Design 1  
4 Database Design 2  
5 Database Design 3/SQL 1  
6 SQL 2  
7 SQL 3 Assignment 1 Due 3pm on September 09, 2011
8 Physical Database Design 1  
9 Physical Database Design 2  
10 Database Security, Concurrency & Recovery  
11 Advanced Database Topics Assignment 2 Due 3pm on October 14, 2011
12 TBA  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

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 September 09, 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 accommodate 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 queries asked.
    4. Use of any Oracle features with justification in the implementation.

    Due date:
    3pm on October 14, 2011


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

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


Student services

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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.

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