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COIT20247 - Database Design and Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop a small database by understanding the conceptual and logical design of relational databases. An in-depth knowledge for designing queries using SQL will be developed. The importance of normalisation and tools to achieve it will be emphasised. Database integrity constraints and other specification requirements to be followed during the stage of physical design of the databases are covered extensively. Other topics include the fundamentals of distributed database and data warehousing as well as issues related to security and concurrency control in multi user database environments. This is a core unit for both the Master of Information Systems and Master of Information Technology since database technology is central to all enterprise applications. Note: If you have completed unit COIS20026 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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 - 2014

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
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Melbourne
Rockhampton
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Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
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Melbourne
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Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Examination 35%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.67% 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 feedback
Feedback
Without a time limit, the break-out rooms in Zoom tutorial classes are less productive.
Recommendation
Teaching team should work together to implement a time limit for break-out rooms in Zoom tutorial classes.
Action Taken
The break-out room is limited in time for individual students and to the entire class so that all students are taken care of.
Source: Discipline meeting, staff discussion and student evaluation.
Feedback
Not enough small database exercises for students to gain practice.
Recommendation
Develop and provide additional tutorial exercises to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discipline meeting, staff discussion and student evaluation.
Feedback
Need more hands-on activities in current and new database technologies.
Recommendation
Increase the use of MySQL for tutorial exercises and to provide additional content on cloud based databases (e.g. Amazon AWS RDS).
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the purpose of and technical foundations related to database technology.
  2. Explain the processes undertaken during identification of functional dependancies and normalisation.
  3. Design and develop a small database using Microsoft Access and design queries using structured query language (SQL).
  4. Identify issues related to data integrity in a multi user database environment.
  5. Explain the fundamental concepts of distributed database and data warehousing.

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 https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

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

  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Database/Repository Design (DBDS)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Program ming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Release and Deployment (RELM)
  • Applications Support (ASUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination