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Monash University

FIT4038 Database management and implementation - Semester 1, 2013

This unit looks at the design and implementation issues of database management systems. Advanced database design using the object-relational approach and multi-dimensional database design are explored. Record, file and index structures are dealt with at the basic level. Higher level details of consistency, atomicity and durability are introduced along with modern trends in databases.

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:

For on-campus students:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial
and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


FIT3118, CSE3000


FIT9019 or FIT9003
Knowledge of relational database principles, including SQL

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Associate Professor David Taniar



Jason (Kefeng Xuan)

Sultan Alamri

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • understand object-relational database design;
  • understand multi-dimensional database design;
  • understand query optimisation and its impact on programming;
  • understand the database management systems recovery, concurrency, and transaction management mechanisms;
  • understand database trends and current research directions in database management;
  • use design a complex database system; and
  • use a database programming language to access a relational database system.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Register for tutorials, download/install the necessary software No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Multidimensional Database Design: Introduction  
2 Multidimensional Database Design: Modelling  
3 Multidimensional Database Design: Modelling (Advanced)  
4 Multidimensional Database Design: Queries  
5 Multidimensional Database Design: Dimension Modelling  
6 Multidimensional Database Design: Bridges and Multivalued  
7 Multidimensional Database Design: Slowly Changing Dimensions Class Test: Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 2-4pm
8 Multidimensional Database Design: Fact Modelling  
9 Physical Database Design  
10 Physical Database Design  
11 Semi-structured Database Design and Storage Assignment due date: Friday, 24 May 2013, 6pm
12 Semi-structured Database Design and Storage  
  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 Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Class Test 10% Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 2-4pm
Assignment 30% Friday, 24 May 2013, 6pm
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.

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
    Multidimensional database design test
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students will be assessed on their understanding of multidimensional design, object-relational design, and physical database design.

    Due date:
    Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 2-4pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Students will develop a database design incorporating multidimensional design, temporal design, and query optimization. A case study will be given as well.

    Criteria for assessment:

    Students will be assessed on their understanding of multidimensional design, and physical database design.

    Due date:
    Friday, 24 May 2013, 6pm


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

Learning resources

Reading list

Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Rob, and Coronel, 8th Edition, Course Technology, 2007, chapter on Data Warehousing

Fundamentals of Database Systems, Elmasri, and Navathe, 5th Edition, Addison Wesley, 2007, chapter on Indexing

Object-Oriented Oracle, Rahayu, Taniar, and Pardede, CyberTech, 2006

Database System Concepts, Silberschatz, Korth, and Sudarshan, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2006

Monash Library Unit Reading List

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

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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.

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 to access to Oracle DBMS.

On-campus students may use this software which is installed in the computing labs.

Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook.

Other Information


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.

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