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FIT5132 Introduction to databases - Semester 2, 2014

This unit will introduce the concept of data management in an organisation through relational database technology. Theoretical foundation of relational model, analysis and design, implementation of relational database using SQL will be covered.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • Caulfield (Off-campus)
  • Malaysia (Evening)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

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

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

FIT9003, FIT9019

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Lindsay Smith

Consultation hours: To be advised

Malaysia

Nik Nailah

Consultation hours: To be advised

Your feedback to Us

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • explain the motivations behind the development of database management systems;
  • describe the underlying theoretical basis of the relational database model and apply the theories into practice;
  • evaluate several design options and construct a database design;
  • develop a database based on a sound database design;
  • construct queries that meet user requirements;
  • contrast the differences between non-relational database models and the relational database model.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction Peer Instruction Participation and Quiz Completion will be due throughout the semester.
2 Relational Data Model  
3 SQL data definition and data manipulation  
4 SQL Query 1 - single and multi-tables retrieval  
5 SQL Query 2 - aggregate function and group by clause Assignment 1, Friday, 29th August 2014, 10 PM
6 SQL Query 3 - subquery and Oracle function  
7 Oracle Triggers  
8 Conceptual Modelling  
9 Logical data modelling Assignment 2, Friday, 26th September 2014, 10 PM
10 Normalisation Assignment 3 Part A, Friday, 10th October 2014, 10 PM
11 Transaction and Database maintenance  
12 Current trends in database management and exam preparation Assignment 3 Part B, Friday, 24th October 2014, 10 PM
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

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

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 Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Pre-lecture online quizzes 5% Weekly. The exact due date will be announced as Moodle's quiz notification.
Peer Instruction Participation in Lecture Sessions 5% Weekly. Lecture sessions in week 2-11.
Assignment 1 - SQL Data Definition and Data Manipulation 10% Friday, 29th August 2014, 10 PM
Assignment 2 - SQL Data Retrieval 15% Friday, 26th September 2014, 10 PM
Assignment 3 Part A - Initial Conceptual Design Hurdle to the submission of Assignment 3 Part B Friday, 10th October 2014, 10 PM
Assignment 3 Part B - Full Design 15% Friday, 24th October 2014, 10 PM
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Pre-lecture online quizzes
    Description:
    Students will be asked to complete online quizzes in Moodle based on the prescribed reading of the week.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:

    The average marks across a number of quizzes from week 2 to week 12.

    Due date:
    Weekly. The exact due date will be announced as Moodle's quiz notification.
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Peer Instruction Participation in Lecture Sessions
    Description:
    Students participation through the response gathering system will be recorded.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student's answer during the peer instruciton 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 questions throughout the semester. 0 mark will be awarded if student answers less than 80% of total questions presented in the semester during lecture.

    Due date:
    Weekly. Lecture sessions in week 2-11.
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 1 - SQL Data Definition and Data Manipulation
    Description:
    GIven a database and sample data, students will be required to use Oracle to create tables and populating the tables using appropriate SQL statements.
    Weighting:
    10%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correct application of SQL statements to create table according to a given database design.
    • Correct application of SQL statements to populate the tables using some sample data.
    • Correct application of SQL statements to make changes to the data according to specification.
    Due date:
    Friday, 29th August 2014, 10 PM
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Assignment 2 - SQL Data Retrieval
    Description:
    Students will be asked to write SQL statements to retrieve data from database.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correctness of the SQL statement in retrieving the required data.
    • Appropriate use of SQL constructs.
    Due date:
    Friday, 26th September 2014, 10 PM
  • Assessment task 5
    Title:
    Assignment 3 Part A - Initial Conceptual Design
    Description:
    Students will be supplied with a case study and asked to model this using Entity Relationship modelling. This part of assignment 3 will require the submission of a "beginning" conceptual design.
    Weighting:
    Hurdle to the submission of Assignment 3 Part B
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student designs will not be graded. Tutors will discuss with each student individually during tutorials their submitted design, against the case study, as a first stage of the database design task. This task is a hurdle requirement, students who do not submit this task will not be able to submit assignment 3 Part B.

    Due date:
    Friday, 10th October 2014, 10 PM
  • Assessment task 6
    Title:
    Assignment 3 Part B - Full Design
    Description:
    Based on the feedback from assignment 3 Part A and the supplied case study, students will be required to complete the database design and produce a logical model. The final design will be tested by implementing the logical ERD in Oracle via a set of 'create table' statements.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Task Criteria:

    • Correct application of normalisation process with use of dependency diagrams at each normal form
    • Correct Logical ERD model created including - entities, PK's, attributes, relationships (connectivity and participation)
    • Generated Oracle schema file executes correctly against Oracle to produce valid database structure 
    Due date:
    Friday, 24th October 2014, 10 PM

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

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 after official results have been published. 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
  • Quiz results
  • 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.

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

Coronel, C and Morris, S. . (2015, 2013). Database Systems - Design, Implementation and Management 11e. (11th Edition) Cengage Learning.

Recommended Resources

This unit will make use of the Oracle 11G database running on the Monash ITS server hippo.its.monash.edu.au. All students will have an account on this server which will suffice for all database work this semester.

Although it is not required, if students wish to run a database server at home they can download Oracle XE (eXpress Edition) from the unit Moodle site or directly from the Oracle technet site:

  • http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/database/xe/index.html

Please note:

  1. for technet, registration (free) is required, and
  2. this is a large download (around 200Mb) and should not be attempted without first consulting your campus lecturer.

The client software for accessing Oracle (SQLDeveloper) will be available in the labs. It will also be available via a download from the Moodle site for installation at home. SQLDeveloper is also available, after registration (free), from the technet site:

  • http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/sql/index.html

 

Additional subject costs

On Campus students are required to purchase a Turning Point clicker from the Campus Bookstore or directly from the Australian Distributor.

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