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Monash University

FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications - Summer semester, 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

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratory/wk

Workload requirements

This unit is offered in summer which spans for 3 weeks.

Lectures: 2 hours per day (Mon-Thu)

Tutorials: 2 hours per day (Mon-Thu)

Students will be expected to spend a total of 8 hours per day during the summer course.

Unit Relationships


BUS5410, BUS4410


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

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Jessica Sin



Jessica Sin

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 No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Week 1 (Day 1): Chapter 2 - SQL and Oracle Form Introduction  
2 Week 1 (Day 2): Chapter 3 - Data Block Forms (Basic)  
3 Week 1 (Day 3): Chapter 4 - Data Block Forms (Advanced)  
4 Week 1 (Day 4): Chapter 5 - PL/SQL Programming (Basic)  
5 Week 2 (Day 1): Chapter 5 - PL/SQL Programming (Advanced) Class Test: Monday 2-Dec-2013 (2-4pm)
6 Week 2 (Day 2): Chapter 6 - Custom Form (Basic)  
7 Week 2 (Day 3): Chapter 7 - Custom Form (Multiple Form)  
8 Week 2 (Day 4): Chapter 8 - Custom Forms (Tab Canvas)  
9 Week 3 (Day 1): Chapter 9 - Custom Forms (Stacked Canvas) and Chapter 11 - Pictures  
10 Week 3 (Day 2): Chapter 10 - Menus  
11 Week 3 (Day 3): Advanced Programming  
12 Week 3 (Day 4): Revision  
  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% Monday 2-Dec-2013 (2-4pm)
Assignment 30% TBA
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://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/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 and PL/SQL.
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    Monday 2-Dec-2013 (2-4pm)
  • 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:


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Exam: Monday 16-Dec-2013

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

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Test results and feedback
  • 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/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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.

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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Key educational policies include:

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

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