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Monash University

FIT9019 Database technology - Semester 2, 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 (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:

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


Lindsay Smith

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  
3 SQL data definition and manipulation  
4 SQL Query 1 - single table and multi-tables retrieval  
5 SQL Query 2 - aggregate functions and group by clause Test 1 - SQL Data Definition (10%) in tutorial classes
6 SQL Query 3 - subquery and Oracle functions Test 2 - SQL Query 1 (10%) in tutorial classes
7 Oracle Triggers  
8 Transaction and Database maintenance Test 3 - SQL Query 2 & 3 (10%) in tutorial classes
9 Conceptual Modelling Test 4 - Oracle Triggers (5%) in tutorial classes
10 Logical Design Modelling  
11 Normalisation and Physical Modelling  
12 Latest development in database industry and research Database Design Assignment (15%) due Friday 25 October 2013, 11PM
  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 (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Test 1 - SQL Data Definition 10% Tutorial classes week 5
Test 2 - SQL Query 1 10% Tutorial classes week 6
Test 3 - SQL Query 2 & 3 10% Tutorial classes week 8
Test 4 - Oracle Triggers 5% Tutorial classes week 9
Database Design Assignment 15% Friday 25 October 2013, 11PM
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.

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
    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 Query 1
    Practical test to write SQL statements from week 4 materials.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness of the SQL statements.

    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 6
  • Assessment task 3
    Test 3 - SQL Query 2 & 3
    Practical test to write SQL statements from week 5 and 6 materials.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correctness of the SQL statements.

    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 8
  • Assessment task 4
    Test 4 - Oracle Triggers
    Practical test to write Oracle triggers.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Due date:
    Tutorial classes week 9
  • 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 25 October 2013, 11PM


  • 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

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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

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.

Acrobat Reader is required to view study materials.  It is freely available from: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

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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