COIT11237 - Database Design & Implementation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Relational databases are pervasive in information technology; designing and building these databases is a challenging yet rewarding occupation. This unit will introduce you to data modelling, relational database theory, and normalisation. These are essential skills for the design and implementation of relational databases. The problems associated with poorly designed and implemented databases are demonstrated. The important database language Structured Query Language (SQL) is taught in sufficient depth to allow you to appreciate its potential and limitations. In this unit, you will design and implement a small database application. The unit aims to give you a solid theoretical foundation while also providing you with an opportunity to apply the theory.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-Requisite: COIT12167 Database Use and Design

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).

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Evaluation
Students appreciate the tutorial exercises which give them practical experience
From Term 1, 2022, the software is being changed from MS Access to MySQL. It is recommended to retain the current tutorial exercises appropriately modifying to the new software.
Action Taken
We have retained the current tutorial exercises appropriately modifying to the new software.
Source: Student Feedback
Perhaps the use of MS Visio to make E-R diagram should be revised, as it can be quite a pain to use.
Provide a clear instruction manual or booklet to demonstrate how to use MS Visio in the future offering.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection
The final assessment online quiz test bank can be expanded with more questions.
In the future, we should develop a large test bank covering every aspect of fundamental database knowledge and skills for use in the final assessment item, the quiz.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate database applications, systems, and their role in supporting business processes
  2. Develop Structured Query Language statements
  3. Design and develop relational database models
  4. Implement database designs using a relational Database Management System (DBMS)
  5. Identify database issues related to ethical data management, concurrency, security and backup and recovery in a multi-user database environment.

The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of database theory, technology, the database environment, and the role of database applications in support of enterprise. The focus is the use and design of databases using contemporary technology: relational database technology and SQL. An introduction is provided to database implementation issues and emerging database technology.

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 at

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

  • Database Design (DBDS)
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Database administration (DBAD)
  • Data management (DATM)
  • Security administration (SCAD)
  • Information security (SCTY)
  • Data modelling and design (DTAN).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10