This unit is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts necessary for the analysis, design, use and implementation of business information systems using relational database management systems. The main topics covered include requirements elicitation, systems analysis and design informed by a lifecycle based methodology, motivation for the database approach to managing information, conceptual modelling, coverage of logical process and data models (hierarchical, network and relational data models), and the use of SQL and other facilities provided by database management systems.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs studios/wk
For on-campus students, workload commitments per week are:
Off-campus students should plan to spend an equivalent amount of time per week as part of their workload, and should seek advice from the lecturer when needed.
Off-campus students will not be expected to attend lectures or studio sessions, but lectures will be recorded and made available via both a unit Podcast (available through Moodle and at http://podcast.infotech.monash.edu.au/fit9003) as well as the Library's Monash University Lectures Online (MULO) service. All studio exercises and solutions will be posted to the unit's Moodle site (see below for access details), and some of the studio sessions themselves will be recorded and made available through the podcast.
Students are encouraged to post their studio solutions to the Moodle discussion forums for feedback.
Consultation hours: By appointment
Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Assignment 1a - Draft Conceptual Database Design||10%||Week 6|
|Assignment 1b - Database Design||30%||Week 9|
|Assignment 2 - Structured Query Language (SQL)||10%||Week 12|
|Examination 1||50%||To be advised|
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Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.
A software drawing package such as Microsoft Visio (Windows); a copy of which can be obtained from the Faculty's IT service desk. You will need access to a computer running Windows to install a copy of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express Edition (version 2005 or later, also available from the Faculty's IT service desk).
For work on the SQL tutorials and Assignment 2 from off-campus, you will need to install the Monash VPN software (details on the Moodle site).
To watch the podcasts you will need podcast software such as iTunes to download and play episodes. Alternatively, episodes can be manually downloaded with a web browser and watched using either iTunes or other video software such as VLC freely available from:http://www.videolan.org/
Information about how to obtain the relevant database software from Microsoft to allow connection to Monash's database server will also be provided via Moodle. You will need to install the Microsoft VPN software if you want to access the database server from off-campus (again, instructions will be provided on Moodle).
You will also need a web browser and Microsoft Word. These are available for use in the University computer labs.
Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.
Simsion, G.C. & Witt, G.C.. (2005). Data Modelling Essentials. (3rd) Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
Rob, P. & Coronel, C.. (2007). Database Systems Design, Implementation and Management. (7th) Thomson Course Technology.
Hoffer, J.A., George, J.F. & Valacich, J.S.. (2005). Modern Systems Analysis and Design. (4th) Pearson Education International/Prentice-Hall.
Hoffer, J.A., Prescott, M.B. & McFadden, F.R.. (2005). Modern Database Management. (6th) Prentice-Hall/Pearson Education.
|0||Please register for a studio session (on-campus students only) and familiarise yourself with the Moodle site and podcast.||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||Introduction to Systems and Databases|
|2||ER Modelling Basics|
|3||Conceptual, logical and physical models|
|4||Advanced modelling techniques and the data dictionary|
|5||The Consulting Process|
|6||Normalisation 1||Assignment 1a due|
|7||Normalisation 2||Feedback from Assignment 1a|
|8||Introduction to SQL|
|9||Advanced SQL and middleware||Assignment 1b due|
|11||Alternative Modelling Techniques|
|12||Design||Assignment 2 due|
|SWOT VAC||No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC|
|Examination period||LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
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Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)
Each SQL command will be assessed as to whether the output of the command achieves the task required or answers the business question asked.
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