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FIT9019 Database technology - Semester 1, 2013

Database concepts and models, relational database management systems, semantic data modelling, entities and entity relationship modelling, normalisation, user requirements specification, database specification. Storage media and data organisation, logical data structures: linear and non-linear. Physical database implementation, integrity, backup, recovery, security. Structured Query Language, database administration. Current topics; distributed database, data warehousing, Object-oriented database.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Evening)

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:

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 pre-lecture reading, completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships



Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr. Maria Indrawan-Santiago



Manoj Kathpalia

Kefeng Xuan

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

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.

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 Pre-lecture online quizzes and Peer Instruction Participation from Week 2 to Week 12
3 SQL - Data Definition  
4 SQL - Data Manipulation 1  
5 SQL - Data Manipulation 2 Test - SQL Data Definition - 5%
6 Data Integrity and Triggers Test - SQL Data Manipulation 1 - 5 %
7 Transaction Management Test - SQL Data Manipulation 2 - 5%
8 Database Maintenance Test - SQL Mixed questions and Triggers - 10%
9 Conceptual Modelling  
10 Logical Design Modelling  
11 Normalisation and Physical Modelling  
12 Latest development in database industry and research Assignment due - Database modelling 15% - Friday 11 PM
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

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

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Test 1 - SQL Data Definition 5% Tutorial classes week 5
Test 2 - SQL Data Manipulation 1 5% Tutorial classes week 6
Test 3 - SQL Data Manipulation 2 5% Tutorial classes week 7
Test 4 - SQL mixed questions and Triggers 10% Tutorial classes week 8
Database Design Assignment 15% Friday, 31st May 2013, 11 PM
Pre-lecture online quizzes 5% Week 2 - Week 12
Peer Instruction Participation 5% Lecture sessions from week 2 to week 12
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Peer assisted learning
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (

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Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Test 1 - SQL Data Definition
    Practical test to write SQL statements from week 3 materials.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness of the SQL statements

    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 5
  • Assessment task 2
    Test 2 - SQL Data Manipulation 1
    Practical test to write SQL statements from week 4 materials.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 6
  • Assessment task 3
    Test 3 - SQL Data Manipulation 2
    Practical test to write SQL statement from week 5 materials.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 7
  • Assessment task 4
    Test 4 - SQL mixed questions and Triggers
    Practical test to write SQL statements based on week 3-6.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 8
  • Assessment task 5
    Database Design Assignment
    Develop a database design based on a given scenario.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Correctness usage of ER diagram notations.
    • Correctness of normalisation process.
    • Correctness of the design in depicting the given scenario.
    • Adherence of the design to relational model principles.
    Due date:
    Friday, 31st May 2013, 11 PM
  • Assessment task 6
    Pre-lecture online quizzes
    Weekly online quizzes on reading material.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness in answering the quizzes.

    Due date:
    Week 2 - Week 12
  • Assessment task 7
    Peer Instruction Participation
    Students participation through the response gathering system will be recorded.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student's answer during the peer instruction 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 total number of questions in the semester. 0 marks will be awarded if student answers less than 80% of total number of questions. 

    Due date:
    Lecture sessions from week 2 to week 12


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

Learning resources

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
  • Interviews

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Returning assignments

Assignment submission

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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 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.

Acrobat Reader is required to view study materials.  It is freely available from:

Recommended text(s)

Connolly, T. and Begg, C. (2009). Database Systems - A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management. (5th Edition) Addison-Wesley (ISBN: 13: 978-0-321-52306-7).

Elmasri, R. & Navathe, S.B. (2010). Fundamentals of Database Systems. (6th Edition) Addison-Wesley (ISBN: 13: 978-0-136-08620-9).

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