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Monash University

FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications - Summer semester, 2012

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

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratory/wk


Students will be expected to spend a total of 36 hours per week during summer semester on this unit:

  • Lectures: 6 hours per week
  • Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 6 hours per week
  • and up to an additional 24 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


BUS5410, BUS4410


(FIT9004 or FIT9017) and (FIT9003 or FIT9019)
Knowledge of relational database principles, including SQL.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Kefeng Xuan



Kefeng Xuan (Jason)

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • create a database system for practical application utilising forms, reports and graphics;
  • understand the principal aspects of setting up a complete database application system;
  • write complex queries using database query language;
  • experience group work in building a complex database application system;
  • produce a database system of professional quality.

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% Monday 3 December 2012
Assignment 30% Friday 14 December 2012
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.


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
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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.

For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

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Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

You will need access to:

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

These are freely available to download from the following web addresses:

1. Oracle Database 10g Release 2 ( Enterprise/Standard Edition

2. Oracle Developer Suite 10g (

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Before You Start, install required software (Please visit Study Guide 0 for software installation) No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Topic 1 - SQL and Oracle Form Introduction  
2 Topic 2 - Data Block Forms (Basic)  
3 Topic 2 - Data Block Forms (Advanced)  
4 Topic 3 - PL/SQL Programming (Basic)  
5 Topic 3 - PL/SQL Programming (Advanced)  
6 Topic 4 - Custom Form (Basic)  
7 Topic 4 - Custom Form (Multiple Form) Assessment Task 1: Class Test on Monday 3 December 2012
8 Topic 5 - Custom Forms (Tab Canvas)  
9 Topic 6 - Property Palette  
10 Topic 7 - Pictures and Java Beans  
11 Topic 8 - Stacked Canvas and Menus  
12 Application Integration Assessment Task 2: Assignment due Friday 14 December 2012
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in 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 learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Class Test
    Class Test
    Criteria for assessment:

    1. Understanding of SQL and PL/SQL
    2. Use of data block forms and custom forms

    Due date:
    Monday 3 December 2012
  • Assessment task 2
    Oracle Form Builder
    Criteria for assessment:

    1. Completeness of each sub-system.
    2. Correctness of each the sub-system.
    3. Testing results.
    4. Technical requirements of the system specified in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    Friday 14 December 2012


  • Examination 1
    3 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).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


Student services

The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students. For Sunway see http://www.monash.edu.my/Student-services, and for South Africa see http://www.monash.ac.za/current/

The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. At Sunway, visit the Library and Learning Commons at http://www.lib.monash.edu.my/. At South Africa visit http://www.lib.monash.ac.za/.

Academic support services may be available for students who have a disability or medical condition. Registration with the Disability Liaison Unit is required. Further information is available as follows:

  • Website: http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/disability/index.html;
  • Email: dlu@monash.edu
  • Drop In: Equity and Diversity Centre, Level 1 Gallery Building (Building 55), Monash University, Clayton Campus, or Student Community Services Department, Level 2, Building 2, Monash University, Sunway Campus
  • Telephone: 03 9905 5704, or contact the Student Advisor, Student Commuity Services at 03 55146018 at Sunway

Reading list

Morrison, J. and Morrison, M. (2005). Guide to Oracle 10g, Fifth Edition, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 0619216298

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

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