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FIT5168 Semi-structured data management - Semester 1, 2015

This unit investigates the management of semi-structured data. The unit explores the modelling of semi-structured data in XML using XML Schema and the transformation of such data using XSLT. It looks at methods for storing, querying and updating semi-structured data in both native-XML and object-relational database management systems and the design issues involved.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Evening)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships

Prerequisites

Recommended knowledge: Knowledge of relational database.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Chris Messom

Consultation hours: Thurs 12noon-2pm

Tutors

Caulfield

To be announced

Xu Ying

Consultation hours: TBA

Irvan Ang

Consultation hours: TBA

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • understand the differences between structured and semi-structured data;
  • know how to manage data that is not be appropriately modelled by the relational model;
  • be able to design data repositories for XML documents;
  • be able to apply appropriate technology to manage and transform XML data;
  • be able to use current DBMS to store, retrieve and update non-relational data;
  • appreciate strengths and weaknesses of object-relational and native XML DBMS for handling XML.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Data and Metadata  
2 Data Modelling and Document Types  
3 XML Path Expressions using XPath  
4 Transforming XML with XSLT  
5 Advanced XSLT  
6 Document Engineering and XML Namespaces  
7 XML Schema Assignment 1 due Thursday 23 April 2015
8 Advanced XML Schema  
9 Querying XML  
10 Storing, Querying, and Updating XML in Databases  
11 Metadata Standards  
12 Guest Lecture Assignment 2 due Friday 29 May 2015
  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
The teaching of this unit will consist of lectures, tutorials, self-study and group work. The main concepts of the unit will be delivered during lectures. Practical exercises on the concepts will be carried out during tutorials. It is expected that students will attempt the tutorial exercises prior to attending the tutorial classes. The tutorial classes will be used to discuss problems encountered while completing the exercises or to discuss important issues that students may need to be aware of in completing the exercises.

Although tutorials are not compulsory, it is the student's responsibility to attend and participate in tutorial discussion as tutorials are the preferred venue for clarification and queries on the topics. Unless students have good reasons to miss tutorial classes no consultation outside tutorial classes will be provided in regards to the tutorial exercises and discussion.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 - Designing XSLT transformations 20% Thursday 23 April 2015
Assignment 2 - Designing or modifying document types 20% Friday 29 May 2015
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1 - Designing XSLT transformations
    Description:
    The assessment tasks will include the design of several XSLT transformations.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assessment aims to evaluate the students' abilities in using transformation languages to access and manipulate data from an XML repository.

    This is a group assignment. A group consists of 2 students. Each member of the group will be assigned the same mark. The mark will be based on the submitted assignment. For instances of group discord, the lecturer reserves the right to interview group members either collectively or individually.

    Due date:
    Thursday 23 April 2015
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2 - Designing or modifying document types
    Description:
    There will be document types and essay components. Any existing document types will be provided in the assignment specification. The essay components should discuss the issues considered as well as the design choices made.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assessment aims to evaluate the students' ability to design new document types, possibly as an extension of an existing document type.

    This is a group assignment. A group consists of 2 students. Each member of the group will be assigned the same mark. The mark will be based on the submitted assignment. For instances of group discord, the lecturer reserves the right to interview group members either collectively or individually.

    Due date:
    Friday 29 May 2015

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None
    Remarks:
    Quick reference guide on XML Schema and XSLT will be provided as part of the exam booklet.

Learning resources

Reading list

The recommended readings of this unit will be provided weekly through Moodle.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
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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

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Returning assignments

Assignment submission

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