Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

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 - 2021.

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. 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

Project: Assignment 2 - Database Project - Logical Database Design

In Term Test: 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 assessment 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.

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