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Unit Schedule

Week Date* Activities Assessment
0 21/02/11 Please register in Allocate+ for your tutorials No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 28/02/11 Introduction  
2 07/03/11 Relational Data Model  
3 14/03/11 Database Design 1  
4 21/03/11 Database Design 2  
5 28/03/11 Database Design 3/SQL 1  
6 04/04/11 SQL 2  
7 11/04/11 SQL 3 Assignment 1 Due
8 18/04/11 Physical Database Design 1  
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Physical Database Design 2  
10 09/05/11 Database Security, Concurrency & Recovery  
11 16/05/11 Advanced Database Topics Assignment 2 Due
12 23/05/11 TBA  
  30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during SWOT VAC

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

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To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 (Data Modelling)
    Students will be provided with a case study and will have to perform the Entity Relationship modelling and the normalisation process.
    Criteria for assessment:

    1. Quality of the benefits of database approach to the management of data.
    2. Correctness and quality of database design. This should support the business requirements outlined in the case study.
    3. Correctness of the normalisation process.
    4. Correctness of the Database Design Language (DBDL) for the normalised relations.

    Due date:
    3pm on April 15, 2011
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 (SQL)
    Students will be provided with a set of relations and will have to create the database using Oracle software and develop a set of SQL queries.
    Criteria for assessment:

    1. Correctness of any changes made to the relations provided to accomodate the business requirements.
    2. Correctness of the data used to populate the tables.
    3. Correctness and quality of SQL commands to implement the queries identified. These will be assessed as to whether the output of the commands answers the business queies asked.
    4. Use of any Oracle features with justification in the implementation.

    Due date:
    3pm on May 20, 2011


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

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Recommended Reading

Connolly, T. and Begg, C., Database Systems - A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management (4th ed.), Addison-Wesley, 2005, ISBN -13 978-0-321-21025-8.
Elmasri, R. & Navathe, S.B. Fundamentals of Database Systems (5th ed.), Addison-Wesley, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-36957-2.

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