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) such as MySQL Server. You will build a practical database that typically meets the requirement of a large-scale commercial-level DBMS. In this unit, you will also learn the features of the latest developments including data integrity, security, distributed system databases, data warehousing, and concurrency control in multi-user database systems.


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

Antirequisite: COIS20026

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 - 2022

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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 - 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
Without a time limit, the break-out rooms in Zoom tutorial classes are less productive.
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.
Not enough small database exercises for students to gain practice.
Develop and provide additional tutorial exercises to students.
Action Taken
Source: Discipline meeting, staff discussion and student evaluation.
Need more hands-on activities in current and new database technologies.
Increase the use of MySQL for tutorial exercises and to provide additional content on cloud based databases (e.g. Amazon AWS RDS).
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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