Not currently offered

Course handbook


Modern enterprises rely on the efficient storage and management of data. An organisation's data provides information that is vital for its day-to-day existence. Corporate data structures can also be formed to serve as a knowledge repository for the organisation. These provide a basis for strategic decisions and enhance competitive advantage.

This course provides the foundational knowledge of database systems and their implementation with elementary programming skills. The course covers both the theoretical content and the practical implementation of database requirements for organisations. It presents the basics of information storage and management, from the conceptual modelling of an organisation's data requirements using the relational model, through to the implementation of these requirements with tools such as SQL and techniques such as normalisation. It also addresses the practical issues of security and concurrency in data transactions. It introduces elementary programming techniques.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Be familiar with fundamental relational database concepts including entity relationship diagrams, data normalisation and relational operators;

2. Design, develop and implement a mid-scale relational databases for an application domain using a commercial-grade RDBMS

3. Design and implement physical database based on logical database representation

4. Understand system implementation issues such as data views, data independence, indexing, security and transaction management

5. Be able to apply elementary programming skills.


Topics will generally include:

  • 3 Level Architecture
  • SQL Basics: DDL, DML
  • Conceptual Modelling: E/R
  • Normalisation (to BCNF)
  • Database Design and Case Studies
  • Theory of Relational Database Systems
  • Data Integrity
  • Introductory computer skills in a contemporary development environment
  • Overview of the issues in Transaction Processing within the business environment
  • Contemporary issues in Database Systems.

Assumed knowledge

Desktop computer competency as prescribed by the International Computer Driving Licence. (See Australian Computer Society at )

Assessment items

Project: Assignment 1 - Database Project - Description and EER model

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Project: Assignment 2 - Database Project - Logical and Physical Database Design