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 covered in sufficient depth to allow you to appreciate its potential and limitations. Other topics covered in this unit include multi-user database processing and other front-end applications. During the 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 through the assignment work.


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

Pre-requisite COIT11226 System Analysis

Note: Students who are currently enrolled in or who have previously completed COIT12167 Database Use and Design cannot enrol in this unit.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.54% 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: Anecdotal student feedback + survey feedback
Students appreciated the industry relevance of the materials this term.
Where possible, review the content of the unit to include more industry-relevant skills required in the industry. Also, consider removing this textbook and replacing it with internally developed materials; the Kroeke text is highly divergent from the industry.
Action Taken
Guidelines for using the industry-relevant MySQL database have been prepared and the students can use them for tutorial activities from Term 1, 2022. The textbook is retained due to the relevant contents required for the unit.
Source: Anecdotal student feedback + survey feedback
Style of teaching this term (interactive) was beneficial
Consider replacing the 2-hour lecture format with a workshop format. This is quite easy to do when classes are delivered via Zoom.
Action Taken
The Zoom lectures were provided to deliver the theoretical contents of the unit. During the practical content requirement during those lectures, the students were encouraged simultaneously to practice and share their screen contents from their own end much like the workshop format.
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
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. Demonstrate competency in using Structured Query Language
  3. Design models using a specified data modelling approach
  4. Create Relational Models
  5. Normalise tables using concepts relating to functional dependency
  6. Identify database implementation issues.

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 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

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

  • Database Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Database Administration (DBAD)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)