The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020, 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the use of databases and database management systems. The conceptual and logical design and implementation of relational databases are covered.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2021

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Design conceptual models encapsulating data requirements for business and organisational scenarios

2. Convert conceptual models to logical data models

3. Implement a database solution using contemporary database management systems (DBMS)

4. Develop expertise in database languages (e.g. SQL) including the ability to develop sophisticated queries to extract information from large datasets

5. Understand data security and data quality management


1.    Conceptual Modelling with ER

2.    Relational Model and ER to Relational Mapping

3.    Schema Refinement with Normalization based on Functional Dependencies

4.    Relational Algebra  

5.    SQL

6.    Database Transactions and Concurrency Control

7.    Security, Authorisation and Access 


This course has similarities to INFT2040. If you have completed INFT2040 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Knowledge of and experience in programming.

Assessment items

Project: Assignment 1 Database Project - Description and EER model

Project: Assignment 2, Database Project - Logical Database Design

Quiz: Practical Test - Lab test on SQL

Project: Assignment 3 - Database Project - Physical Database Design

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term