Course Title: Design a database

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COSC5331C

Course Title: Design a database

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Chandra Nannegari

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1657

Course Contact Email:chandra.nannegari@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to establish client needs and technical requirements and to design a database that meets those requirements.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAA5139A Design a database

Element:

1. Determine database requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Meet with client and conduct a user needs analysis to determine database functionality
1.2 Analyse results of user needs analysis to identify technical requirements
1.3 Develop a conceptual model of the database
1.4 Submit conceptual model to client for review
1.5 Evaluate client feedback and make changes as required

Element:

2. Develop logical data model

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify attributes and determine data types
2.2 Undertake normalisation of attributes
2.3 Develop entity relationship diagram to clarify cardinality of relationships
2.4 Document attributes, normalised data and entity relationship diagram
2.5 Forward documentation to client for confirmation

Element:

3. Design data structures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm primary and foreign keys for tables
3.2 Review client business rules
3.3 Identify referential integrity constraints
3.4 Establish relevant database management system constraints and incorporate into database design
3.5 Develop validation rules for data
3.6 Design indexes and develop data dictionary
3.7 Document the database design

Element:

4. Design queries, screens and reports

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Design user interface for database, including menus, input screens and outputs
4.2 Design queries based on requirements
4.3 Design output reports based on requirements
4.4 Compare physical design with conceptual model/user needs analysis
4.5 Incorporate changes as required

Element:

5. Design access and security systems

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review business security plan as basis for commencing access and security design
5.2 Design password and access system for database
5.3 Identify multiple user requirements
5.4 Develop client access profiles using client business model

Element:

6. Confirm database design

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Identify database back up and recovery requirements
6.2 Develop and document the database back up and recovery procedures
6.3 Submit database and documentation to client for final approval


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Theory presentations, practical lab classes, tutorial sessions plus out-of-class research and homework.


Teaching Schedule

Please Note: The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course will include all planned activities. This may incorporate face-to-face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; wherever possible workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning. The total scheduled hours includes the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Please Note that this Course is delivered in Sem 1, 2011 for Part Time students ONLY and this weekly breakdown is only for Group ICPT.

 

ICPT: Weekly Schedule - Sem 1 2011 
Week beginningTopic/Learning ActivitiesAssessment TasksNational Codes
Week 1 – 7th FebCourse introduction & overview. Database concepts. Single table databases, Primary keys, Forms, Data StructuresTeacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 2 – 14th FebBusiness requirements. Intro to ERD’s. 1:M relationships & foreign keys. VBA basics. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 3 – 21nd FebMore on ERD’s. M:N relationships & bridging tables, Binary & Ternary. VBA basics : LoopsTeacher handouts in-class exercises. ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 4 – 28th FebERD’s continued. VBA continued.

Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1.   Project Posting.

ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 5 – 7th MarchReferential integrity. Data entry for 1:M and M:N relationships, Business Rules. VBA Continued.Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 6 – 14th MarchBuilding up more complex ERD’s. Logical Database design. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 7 – 21st MarchERD’s Continued. GUI components Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 8 – 28th MarchDeterminant & dependencies . GUI components continued. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 9 – 4th AprilData Redundancy & Anomalies. Form and subform. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 10 – 11th AprilSteps in normalisation. Relational Schema. Normal Forms – 1NF, 2NF & 3 NF. Confirm DB Design. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1.
Assessment – 2:
Stage 1 Project Submission Due.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 11 – 18th AprilNormal Forms Continued. Data dictionaries. Prototype Created and populated.Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1.
Project Feedback.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
                                                                    Mid semester Easter break Wed 21st April – Thurs 27th April, 2011ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 11 – 25th April (25th Apr, public holiday)Normal Forms Continued. Data dictionaries. Prototype Created and populated.Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1.
Project Feedback.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 12 – 2rd MayIntro to basic SQL including functions, Identification of relevant software. DBMS constraints. Test Data Developed.Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Project Feedback.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 13 – 9th MayTwo-table queries in SQL. Table aliases. Security. Implementation plan. Post implementation review. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1.
Project Feedback.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 14 – 16th May Action queries in SQL. DB design documented and confirmed. Evaluate Database. Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1.
Project Feedback.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 15 – 24th MayRevision for TEST. Design reports. Backup and recovery requirements.Teacher handouts in-class exercises. Assessment -1
Assessment -2:
Stage 2 Complete Project Submission.
ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A
Week 16 – 30th May                                                                                           Assessment 3 (TEST)ICAA5046B
ICAA5139A
ICAB4170A

Students who have been granted special consideration or are required to resubmit, will be able to submit/sit their assessment by arrangement with the class teacher in weeks 17 or 18.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Peter Rob, Carlos Coronel & Steven Morris, Database Systems: Design, Implementation & Management, 9th Edition, Course Technology.

0-538-46968-4


References

David M. Kroenke, Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design & Implementation, 9th Edition. Prentice Hall.

0-13-120971-X

Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Prescott & Topi, Modern Database Management 9/E , Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-600391-5


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will consist of a portfolio of in-class exercises, a project with associated documentation, and a combined theory and practical test.

You will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check your progress.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.



Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 (Worksheets): 30%
The purpose of these worksheets (Teacher handouts in-class exercises) is to provide feedback to students from class exercises. Printouts submitted during class. In addition, Elements of the competency will be assessed through the class exercise worksheets.


Assessment 2 (Project) 40%
The purpose of this Project is to ensure that students are able to implement all the skills they have developed to date.
Firstly, students will be required to model a database using client specifications. Each student is expected to develop an individual design using VISIO. Design faults will be eliminated via several prototyping stages, using client feedback.
Sample data will then be loaded once the database design is implemented on a RDBMS platform, and queries will be created in SQL. Forms, reports and VBA modules will also be required. Basic security features and backup procedures will also be implemented.

Assessment 3 (TEST) 30%
Exam includes all the material covered all through the semester.


Assessment Matrix





ICAITAD139A - Design a DatabaseAssessment – 1 Worksheets
(CA / NYC) & 30%
Assessment – 2 Project
(CA / NYC) & 40%
Assessment – 3 TEST - 30%
Determine database requirements                        Yes               Yes                 Yes
Develop logical data model                        Yes               Yes                  Yes
Design data structures                        Yes               Yes                  Yes
Design queries, screens and reports                        Yes               Yes                  Yes
Design access and security systems                        Yes               Yes                  Yes
Confirm database design                        Yes               Yes                  Yes

Other Information

Competency Requirements:

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of this competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All competency-based assessments for this course must be completed in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.

Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.

If a student has been assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained a CA.

If a CA is achieved on re-assessment, a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.

Re-assessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt, or have an approved application for special consideration.

A final TEST worth 30% will be offered to students who have achieved CA.

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