COIT20247 - Database Design and Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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). You will also learn about the challenges and best-practices relating to the design and use of large-scale commercial databases.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

If you have completed COIS20026 then you cannot take this unit.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Term 3 - 2019 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 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.

Assessment Tasks

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.7% 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: Moodle Survey and staff discussion.
Students have requested additional exercises other than MS-Access.
Provide additional tutorial exercises in MySQL platform.
Action Taken
Source: From Moodle response and discussion with co-workers.
The requirements 'Relations- mapping' and 'Normalization' are repeated in Assignment 1 and also in assignment 2. In order to conform to the unit profile, the assignment 1 requires the students to perform the above on their own ER diagram. However, in the assignment 2 the students have to repeat the same activities on the ER diagram of the assignment 1-solution released to them.
To avoid the repeating activities in the assignments - 'Relations- mapping' and 'Normalisation'. Necessary changes have to be made in future unit profiles
Action Taken
The assignment 1 specification mentions that the student can perform optionally the logical design to produce appropriate 3NF Relations. The assignment 2 specification mentions that the students have to map the ERD from the sample solution into set of Relations that are at least in 3NF.
Unit learning Outcomes
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