CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20247 Database Design and Development
Database Design and Development
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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) such as MySQL Server. You will build a practical database that typically meets the requirement of a large-scale commercial-level DBMS. In this unit, you will also learn the features of the latest developments including data integrity, security, distributed system databases, data warehousing, and concurrency control in multi-user database systems.

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 2 - 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: 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

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 Discipline meeting, staff discussion and student evaluation.

Feedback

Not enough small database exercises for students to gain practice.

Recommendation

Develop and provide additional tutorial exercises to students.

Feedback from Discipline meeting, staff discussion and student evaluation.

Feedback

Need more hands-on activities in current and new database technologies.

Recommendation

Increase the use of MySQL for tutorial exercises and to provide additional content on cloud based databases (e.g. Amazon AWS RDS).

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 database application using a Relational Database Management System (DBMS)
  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
  6. Evaluate and execute administration decisions for DBMS support and maintenance.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments, and individuals in many 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.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (the SFIA code is included)

  • Data Modelling and Design (DTAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Database Design (DBDS)
  • 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 6
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Online Test - 40%
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

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook versions can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MySQL Workbench 6.3 CE (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/file/?id=474210)
  • MySQL Database Server 8.0.21 or later (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql)
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Li Unit Coordinator
m.li@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction of databases

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 1 & Week 1 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Entity-Relationship model - Basic

Chapter

Textbook Chapters 1, 2 & Week 2 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Entity-Relationship model - Enhanced

Chapter

Textbook Chapters 2, 3 & Week 3 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

The relational model and logical design

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 4 & Week 4 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Database design and normalization

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 4 & Week 5 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Create and use databases with MySQL

Chapter

Lecture Notes & Week 6 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Structured Query Language (1) 

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 6 & Week 7 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Structured Query Language (2)

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 7 & Week 8 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Advanced SQL and transaction management

Chapter

  Lecture Notes, Textbook Chapter 7 & Week 9 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Cloud-based databases and AWS RDS

Chapter

  Lecture Notes & Week 10 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Week 10 Friday (24 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Database administration

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 12 & Week 11 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Database advanced topics

Chapter

Textbook Chapters 9,11, Lecture Notes & Week 12 online materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online test Due: Exam Week Tuesday (19 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: Dr. Michael Li

email: m.li@cqu.edu.au

contact phone: (07)49306337

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 1

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 in 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 (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (27 Aug 2021)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

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

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


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
Assignment 2

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 in 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, and report objects.


The full implementation of the above-mentioned database in MySQL. 


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 (24 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 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 solution 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
  • report object relevant to the given business requests


You will also be assessed on your ability to use some of the above and additional features of an alternate 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 database application using a Relational Database Management System (DBMS)
  • Evaluate and execute administration decisions for DBMS support and maintenance.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management

3 Online Test

Assessment Title
Online test

Task Description

The Online Test (take-home exam) will have questions designed to test topics covered in weeks 1-12 inclusive. The questions will include answering a number of questions in accordance with the given E-R diagram, mapping E-R diagram into a set of relations, answering a number of questions about normalization of the given relation, writing SQL query statements to answer the information requests in accordance with the provided tables, as well as answering a few database theoretical questions with your short explanations.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Tuesday (19 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Note: The exam date 19/10/2021 is tentative. The actual exam date is to be determined (see a notification during the semester).


Return Date to Students

Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
16 marks out of 40 marks

Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstrate deeper understanding on database design and implementation
  • Correct use of SQL syntax to answer the information requests
  • Demonstrate your understanding on multiuser database administration and database security features etc
  • Demonstrate your understanding on a distributed database, cloud-based database architecture and applications
  • Demonstrate your understanding on the concepts of data warehouse



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
  • Design and develop a database application using a Relational Database Management System (DBMS)
  • Identify issues related to data integrity, security, and concurrency control in a multi-user database environment
  • Explain the fundamental concepts of distributed databases and data warehousing


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

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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.

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