CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20247 Database Design and Development
Database Design and Development
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Examination

Existing

Proposed

Change/No change

Outline

Complete an examination (as Physical exam in the exam hall)

Complete an examination as Take-home exam

Change

Weighting

35%

35%

No change

Length

120 minutes

24 hours

Change

Minimum mark or grade

40% of exam marks

40% of exam marks

No change

General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will learn how to model, design, and build relational databases and manipulate them using Structured Query Language (SQL) in a modern database management system (DBMS). You will also learn about the challenges and best-practices relating to the design and use of large-scale commercial databases.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Antirequisite: COIS20026.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Examination
Weighting: 35%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Without a time limit, the break-out rooms in Zoom tutorial classes are less productive.

Recommendation

Teaching team should work together to implement a time limit for break-out rooms in Zoom tutorial classes.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology
  2. Utilise the processes undertaken during the identification of functional dependencies and normalisation
  3. Design and develop a small database and queries using a modern Database Management System (DBMS) and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  4. Identify issues related to data integrity, security and concurrency control in a multi-user database environment
  5. Explain the fundamental concepts of distributed databases and data warehousing.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Database Administration (DBAD)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Examination - 35%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Examination - 35%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Modern Database Management 13th (GLOBAL Edition) (2019)

Authors: Hoffer J.,Venkataraman R. & Topi H.
Pearson
Harlow Harlow , Essex , England
ISBN: 9781292263359
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MySQL 5.7 (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.7.html#downloads)
  • MySQL Workbench 6.3 CE (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/file/?id=474210)
  • MS Access 2007 or 2010 or later
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Umapathy Venugopal Unit Coordinator
u.venugopal@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 1 & Week 1 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Conceptual modelling (1)

Chapter

Textbook Chapters 1, 2 & Week 2 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Conceptual modelling (2)

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 3 & Week 3 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Logical design (1) 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 4 & Week 4 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Logical design (2) 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 4 & Week 5 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Physical design

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 8 & Week 6 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

SQL (1) 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 5 & Week 7 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

SQL (2)

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 5 & Week 8 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

SQL (3) 

Chapter

Textbook Chapters 6 & Week 9 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Database administration 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 7, 8 & Week 10 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Distributed databases 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 8, 13-1(online) & Week 11 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Data warehousing & Revision 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 9 & Week 12 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Unit coordinator: Umapathy Venugopal

email: u.venugopal@cqu.edu.au

phone: (02) 9324 5789

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in data modelling using Entity-Relationship principles for the given business case study and optionally transforming the Entity-Relationship model to 3NF Relations. A case study will be available on the unit website for which you need to develop an appropriate Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and then optionally convert your ERD into 3ʳᵈ Normal Form Relations.

The detailed assignment specification including the case study will be available from the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The detailed marking criteria will be provided along with the assignment specification. Your assignment submission will be assessed mainly on the following:

  • identifying suitable entities, identifiers & attributes, relationships and cardinalities for ERD that are relevant to the case study
  • using appropriate symbols to represent entities, relationships and cardinalities
  • specifying relevant assumptions and business rules
  • converting the ERD into 3NF relations (optional)

Penalties related to late submission and plagiarism will be applied as per University policy.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology
  • Utilise the processes undertaken during the identification of functional dependencies and normalisation


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical and Written Assessment

Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to assess your competency in designing and implementing a relational database and your ability to solve simple or complex business logic/needs through the creation of SQL queries. During week 7, a model solution for Assignment 1 will be released on the unit Moodle site. Your task for this assignment is to perform logical design, physical design and implement a database based on the Assignment 1 model solution (released) including the creation of SQL queries, forms and/or report objects.

In addition to the full implementation of the above-mentioned database in MS-Access, you will be also asked to implement a shorter version of the above-mentioned database in MySQL workbench. This may require you to either undertake a demonstration (for on-campus students) or make an email submission (for distance students) as per the assignment specification. The detailed assignment specification and submission details will be available on the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (21 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (31 May 2021)


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

The detailed marking criteria will be provided along with the assignment specifications. In addition to evaluating your ability to perform the logical design, your assignment submission will be assessed mainly on your ability to create a relational database that contains the following:

  • appropriate tables containing relevant attributes with suitable properties
  • suitable relationships among the tables
  • SQL statements relevant to the given business requests
  • form and/or report object(s) relevant to the given business requests

You will also be assessed on your ability to use some of the above and additional features of MySQL database application.

Penalties related to late submission and plagiarism will be applied as per University policy.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and develop a small database and queries using a modern Database Management System (DBMS) and Structured Query Language (SQL)


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
35%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
40%

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Closed Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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