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COIT12167 - Database Use and Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Relational databases are pervasive in the current society of information technology; designing and building these databases is a challenging and rewarding occupation. This course introduces the student to data modelling, relational database theory and normalisation - 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 SQL is covered in sufficient depth to allow the student to appreciate its potential and limitations. Other topics covered in this course include multi-user database processing, and Internet database applications. During the course, the student will design and implement a small database application using Microsoft Access (or some other product). The course aims to give the student the solid theoretical foundation so essential for working in the field of database design, while also providing an opportunity to apply the theory through the assignment work.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2013

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 60%

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

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More assistance needed in the first few weeks
Recommendation
More frequent communication with students via the forum will be made in the first few weeks to get students settle into the course.
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Video lectures are outdated
Recommendation
Video lectures will be updated
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Resource material
Recommendation
A prescribed textbook may be recommended for this course in the future.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand database applications, systems, and the database environment
  2. understand relational database systems
  3. understand database design using a specified data modelling approach
  4. understand SQL
  5. understand the Relational Model
  6. understand normalisation theory
  7. understand database implementation issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination