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COIT20247 Database Design and Development
Database Design and Development
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General Information


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.


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 - 2023


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

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 Feedback from staff and students


MySQL software was not available in the university labs.


To ascertain that MySQL has been installed and is working in the allotted labs across all the University campuses.

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
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources



Modern Database Management

13th (GLOBAL Edition) (2019)
Authors: Hoffer J.,Venkataraman R. & Topi H.
Harlow Harlow , Essex , England
ISBN: 9781292263359
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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