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Monash University

FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications - Semester 1, 2013

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

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Evening)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratory/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.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships


BUS5410, BUS4410


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

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Associate Professor David Taniar


Associate Professor David Taniar



Kefeng Xuan (Jason)

Haidar Al-Khalidi

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Register for tutorials, and download/install the required software  
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)  
8 Topic 4 - Custom Forms (Tab Canvas) Class Test: Thursday, 2 May 2013, 6-8pm
9 Topic 4 - Custom Forms (Stacked Canvas)  
10 Topic 5 - Menus  
11 Topic 6 - Advanced Programming Assignment due date: Thursday, 23 May 2013, 6pm
12 Topic 6 - Advanced Programming  
  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% Thursday, 2 May 2013, 6-8pm
Assignment 30% Thursday, 23 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
    The test will cover Data Block Forms, PL/SQL, and Custom Forms.
    Criteria for assessment:

    1. Understanding of SQL and PL/SQL
    2. Use of Data Block Forms and Custom Forms

    Due date:
    Thursday, 2 May 2013, 6-8pm
  • Assessment task 2
    Oracle Form Builder
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    Thursday, 23 May 2013, 6pm


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

Learning resources

Reading list

Morrison, J. and Morrison, M. (2005). Guide to Oracle 10g, 5th Edition, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 0619216298

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

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 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 (

Other Information


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Student services

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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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