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 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 3 - 2021

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Attendance Requirements

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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

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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 and self-reflection.
More exercises on query joins.
More class time will be dedicated to practise query joins.
Action Taken
More examples were introduced in the lecture.
Source: Student evaluation and self-reflection.
Streamline material on ERDs.
The material on ERDs will be refined.
Action Taken
Additional material on ERDs has been provided. The new assignment 2 appears to help scaffold students' learning of developing ERDs.
Source: Student evaluation.
Students appreciated the mixture of two lecturers in the recorded lectures.
We will seek materials from other lecturers to further strengthen the team teaching.
Action Taken
Lecturers were requested to provide recordings to further strengthen the lectures.
Source: Student evaluations and self reflection
The recorded lectures need to be improved.
Improve the recorded lectures, for example, by shortening or dividing them and including material from other lecturers.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluations
Students appreciated that the resources were available early, that the assignments helped them identify where they were making errors and the staff were helpful.
Continue to provide resources early and further improve the assignments to provide even more support for students while they learn.
Action Taken
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