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FIT1004 Data management - Semester 1, 2013

This unit will provide an introduction to the concepts of database design and usage and the related issues of data management. Students will develop skills in planning, designing, and implementing a data model using an enterprise-scale relational database system (Oracle). Methods and techniques will also be presented to populate, retrieve, update and implement integrity features on data in the implemented database system.

Manipulation of a database necessarily raises issues of data collection/creation and management, data rights (ownership, copyright, access, privacy etc) and data curation, which this unit will also address.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

  • four hours fore pre-lecture reading and answering online quizzes.
  • two hours of lectures,
  • two hours of laboratory/tutorial (requiring advance preparation), and
  • four hours of self directed study - this will include completing lab exercises, further reading, review, preparing assignments.

The pre-lecture reading and answering online quizzes are very important in this unit due to the adoption of peer instruction method in the lecture for this unit. 

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

BUS3112, CPE2005, CSE2132, CSE2138, CSE2316, CSE3180, CSE3316, FIT2010, GCO2815, IMS1907, IMS2112, MMS2801

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Maria Indrawan-Santiago

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have:A knowledge and understanding of:
  • the major objectives of database technology;
  • the relational model for databases and competing models;
  • the phases of the database development life cycle and their correspondence to the phases of the system development lifecycle;
  • the issues related to data creation and management, data rights and data curation;
  • the techniques and tools to design and implement a database suitable for an information system;
  • a database retrieval and manipulation language;
  • methods to put in place physical structures to permit efficient operation of a database;
  • the role of a database administrator.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • appreciate the privacy issues relating to storage of data in a database;
  • practice ethical behaviour when developing, implementing and using a database.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Please check the Moodle 2 site: http://moodle.vle.monash.edu/ No formal assessment is undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to Data Management and Peer Instruction Assessment task 1: Peer instruction participation and Quiz Completion will be due throughout the semester
2 Data Quality and Metadata  
3 Relational Database  
4 SQL 1 - Data Definition And Populating Database  
5 SQL 2 - Basic Method Of Retrieving Data From Database  
6 SQL 3 - Advanced Method Of Retrieving Data From Database Unit test based on week 4, 10%, at tutorial classes.
7 No lecture - ANZAC day  
8 Conceptual Design Unit test based on week 5, 5%, at tutorial classes.
9 Logical And Physical Design Unit test based on week 6, 10%, at tutorial classes.
10 Normalisation Assignment 1A Due, Monday 13th May 2013, 11 PM.
11 Transaction Management 1  
12 Transaction Management 2 Assignment 1B Due. Friday 31st May 2013, 11 PM.
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Pre-lecture online quizzes 5% Every Wednesday prior to lecture day, 11 PM.
Peer Instruction Participation in Lecture Sessions 5% Every lecture session
Unit Test 1 - SQL Data definition and populating database 10% Tutorial classes in week 6.
Unit Test 2 - SQL Basic method of retrieving data from database. 5% Tutorial classes in week 8.
Unit Test 3 - SQL Advanced method of retrieving data from database. 10% Tutorial classes in week 9.
Assignment 1 Part A: Initial Conceptual Design Hurdle to the submission of Assignment 1B Monday, 13th May 2013, 11 PM
Assignment 1 Part B: Full Database Design 15% Friday, 31st may 2013, 11 PM
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Peer assisted learning
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning, where you are required to prepare for and participate in all activities in order for you to achieve a successful outcome in this unit.

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

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Pre-lecture online quizzes
    Description:
    Students will be asked to complete online quizzes in Moodle based on the prescribed reading of the week.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The average marks across a number of quizzes from week 2 to week 12.

    Due date:
    Every Wednesday prior to lecture day, 11 PM.
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Peer Instruction Participation in Lecture Sessions
    Description:
    Students participation through the response gathering system will be recorded.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student's answer during the peer instruciton session will not be graded based on correctly answering questions. The grade will be based on participation. A full mark will be awarded if student answers at least 80% of the questions throughout the semester. 0 mark will be awarded if student answers less than 80% of total questions presented in the semester during lecture.

    Due date:
    Every lecture session
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Unit Test 1 - SQL Data definition and populating database
    Description:
    Given a database design and sample data, students will be required to create tables and populating the tables using appropriate SQL statements.
    Weighting:
    10%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correct application of SQL statements to create table according to a given database design.
    • Correct application of SQL statements to populate the tables using some sample data.
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes in week 6.
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Unit Test 2 - SQL Basic method of retrieving data from database.
    Description:
    Student will be asked to write SQL statements to retrieve data from database.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correctness of the SQL statement in retrieving the required data.
    • Appropriate use of SQL constructs.
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes in week 8.
  • Assessment task 5
    Title:
    Unit Test 3 - SQL Advanced method of retrieving data from database.
    Description:
    Student will be asked to write SQL statements to retrieve data from database.
    Weighting:
    10%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correctness of the SQL statement in retrieving the required data.
    • Appropriate use of SQL constructs.
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes in week 9.
  • Assessment task 6
    Title:
    Assignment 1 Part A: Initial Conceptual Design
    Description:
    Students will be supplied with a case study and asked to model this using Entity Relationship modelling. This part of assignment 3 will require the submission of a "beginning" conceptual design.
    Weighting:
    Hurdle to the submission of Assignment 1B
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student designs will not be graded. Tutors will discuss with each student individually during tutorials their submitted design, against the case study, as a first stage of the database design task. This task is a hurdle requirement, students who do not submit this task will not be able to submit assignment 3.

    Due date:
    Monday, 13th May 2013, 11 PM
  • Assessment task 7
    Title:
    Assignment 1 Part B: Full Database Design
    Description:
    Based on the feedback from assignment 1A and the supplied case study, students will be required to complete the database design and produce a logical model. The final design will be tested by implementing the logical ERD in Oracle via a set of 'create table' statements.

    Please note that this assignment will not be available unless you have already submitted assignment 1A.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correct application of normalisation process with use of dependency diagrams at each normal form
    • Correct Logical ERD model created including - entities, PK's, attributes, relationships (connectivity and participation)
    • Generated Oracle schema file executes correctly against Oracle to produce valid database structure 
    Due date:
    Friday, 31st may 2013, 11 PM

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

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
  • Quiz results
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

At the Chief Examiners discretion, students may be permitted to resubmit assignments where serious medical issues or problems have impacted a students work.

Referencing requirements

Students are required to use the APA style of referencing for this unit - details are available from:

  • http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/tutorials/citing/apa.html
  • http://guides.lib.monash.edu/content.php?pid=88267&sid=656564
  • Chapter 10 of the Faculty of Business and Economics Q Manual (http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/publications/qmanual/qmanual.pdf)

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

Please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

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.

If students wish to work on this unit from home, you will require a copy of SQL Developer and Power*Architect please see the links below in Recommended Resources. Both items of software are readily available and free of charge (it is suggested you obtain a copy from the Moodle unit web site).

TEXTBOOK

Rob, P., Morris, S. and Coronel, C., Database Systems 10th Edn., Cengage Learning, 2013

This text is available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

The text is also available as an eBook from Cengage Learning. The URL to the eBook version on the Cengage site is: http://www.cengagebrain.com.au/. The Cengage (CourseSmart) book format  is HTML5 and thus can be read on a range of devices, markup (notes and highlighting) and a number of other functions are possible. The eReader FAQ is available from:http://www.cengagebrain.com.au/shop/FAQ.html

Recommended Resources

This unit will make use of the Oracle 11G database running on the Monash ITS server zebra.its.monash.edu.au. All students will have an account on this server which will suffice for all database work this semester.

Although it is not required, if students wish to run a database server at home they can download Oracle XE (eXpress Edition) from the unit Moodle site or directly from the Oracle technet site:

  • http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/database/xe/index.html

Please note:

  1. for technet, registration (free) is required, and
  2. this is a large download (around 200Mb) and should not be attempted without first consulting your campus lecturer.

The client software for accessing Oracle (SQLDeveloper) will be available in the labs. It will also be available via a download from the Moodle site for installation at home. SQLDeveloper is also available, after registration (free), from the technet site:

  • http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/sql/index.html

For database Design we will be making use of the community edition of Power*Architect (version 1.06) developed by SQLPower:

  • http://code.google.com/p/power-architect/

Power*Architect will also be available in the labs, for download from the Moodle site and can be downloaded directly from the link above.

Other Information

Policies

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Student feedback from the semester 2 2011 offering indicated some difficulties with the management of groups for the group assignment tasks (assignments 2 and 3). For this offering we will be trialling individual assignments for assignments 2 and 3 in response to these comments. The tasks for the two assignments will be adjusted to take into consideration this change. 

In addition for this offering the ordering of the two major sections of the unit have been adjusted to allow students longer to gain familiarity with SQL.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Other

Getting the most from your studies in this unit:

Lecture: During the lecture, your lecturer will introduce key theoretical concepts and demonstrate various approaches to data management tasks. The time in lectures is quite brief, please ensure you gain the best advantage from this time by:

  • Prior to the lecture
    • reading the study guide for the appropriate week, and
    • downloading and reading the lecture slides,
  • During the lecture
    • annotate a set of lecture slides as the lecture proceeds, and
    • participate, question, seek clarification 
  • After the lecture
    • read over your notes and make sure you understand the concepts
    • seek help if you are unsure

Laboratory/Tutorials: The labs consist of a set of graded exercises which allow you to put the theory presented in the lecture to work in creating, designing and using data and databases. The labs will also include issues that you will need to discuss with your fellow classmates and tutors. Before the lab you should carefully read through the lab activities. The teaching staff will presume that you have completed all the posted lab tasks each week and build subsequent activities on this assumption. For this reason it is very important that you complete all the posted tasks (please note you will not be able to complete them in the allocated 2 hours, these will be completed in your self study 8 hours). Given the cumulative nature of the learning, it is easy to fall behind if either you do not complete the required work or fail to understand key tasks/concepts. If you are having problems with lab exercises, please ensure you speak to your tutor and gain some assistance.

Off Campus students: Off campus students should pay particular attention to the Moodle OCL discussion forum for matters specifically related to them.