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Perth N/A Session 3
Sydney N/A Session 1,  3

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides the student with an overall understanding of database concepts and theory. Students will learn how to design and build a database, from data analysis to mapping a specific database model. The relational model is emphasised and introduced using structured queried language (SQL) for creating and manipulating databases.

Unit content

  1. Database fundamentals 
  2. Introduction to relational databases 
  3. Creating databases 
  4. SQL scripts 
  5. Data modelling 
  6. Introduction to database web apps 
  7. Advanced database design 
  8. Client server databases 
  9. More web applications 
  10. Database administration and warehousing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 list and explain the terminology of the relational database model
2 analyse business information requirements using entity relationship diagrams (ERD)
3 analyse a data model (ERD) into a logical database design with normalised relations
4 design, develop, test and prove the functionality of a database
5 construct, write and execute SQL queries
6 explain the necessary steps to develop an effective physical database design
7 explain the main functions of database administration and data warehouses.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. list and explain the terminology of the relational database model
    • GA4:
  2. analyse business information requirements using entity relationship diagrams (ERD)
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  3. analyse a data model (ERD) into a logical database design with normalised relations
    • GA4:
  4. design, develop, test and prove the functionality of a database
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  5. construct, write and execute SQL queries
    • GA4:
  6. explain the necessary steps to develop an effective physical database design
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. explain the main functions of database administration and data warehouses.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Kroenke, DA & Auer, DJ, 2013, Database Concepts, 6th edn, Pearson Education, New Jersey, USA.

  • Kroenke, DA & Auer, DJ, 2013, Database Concepts, 6th edn, Pearson Education, New Jersey, USA.

  • Note: While the 7th edition of the following text is recommended, page numbers for the 6th edition are also provided in the study guide: Kroenke, DA & Auer, DJ, 2015, Database Concepts, 7th edn, Pearson Education, New Jersey, USA.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.