Course Title: Integrate database with a website

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6074C

Course Title: Integrate database with a website

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Catherine Han Lin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1336

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 25

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


This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with COSC 6075C Create dynamic web pages. 

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to ensure database connectivity with a website in order to run simple SQL queries.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAB5180C Integrate database with a website


1. Prepare database
2. Create database logons
3. Create data source names
4. Test database connectivity

Performance Criteria:

1. Prepare database

1.1 Identify site data needs from technical requirements
1.2 Review existing database to ensure site data needs can be met
1.3 Make additions/adjustments to database as required

2. Create database log ons

2.1 Identify site operators and site visitors against business needs
2.2 Determine database permission sets, and authentication and authorisation parameters for each class of user
2.3 Create log on names using relevant server application utility
2.4 Add log on names to server application using relevant server utility

3. Create data source names

3.1 Use server utility to create data source names (DSN) as required by website
3.2 Confirm DSN, database log on name and passwords against business requirements
3.3 Use a server utility to create a database connection using appropriate connectivity tools
3.4 Amend site configuration files as required

4. Test database connectivity

4.1 Retrieve required information for website, including site functionality
4.2 Take action to maintain database integrity according to security benchmarks
4.3 Check that access permissions function correctly

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include laboratory-based sessions on a variety of topics as shown in the Teaching Schedule below. Learning activities will generally consist of practical computer exercises based on teacher handouts. Students should attend all sessions.
Students will also be expected to undertake work on a small database project and other activities for homework.

Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities


Week Commencing Topics Assessment Competencies
0 25th June 2012
Pre-training review:
• LLN as required
Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard
Overview of assessment requirements:
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
Course Introduction:
Introduction to Jacob, WinSCP, XAMPP, and PHP



1 2nd July 2012 • Variables & constants.
• Using functions.
• Forms with GET & POST

2 9th July 2012 • PHP operators.
• Creating simple functions.
• Selection & loops.
• Web databases 
Website project specs issued ICAB5165B

3 16th July 2012 • Database: data dictionary and SQL - create tables and inserting records.
• Simple include files.
• More on selection & loops. Form elements.

4 23rd July 2012 • Intro to arrays.
• Self-posting forms
Task 1: Skill review task ICAB5165B

5 30th July 2012  Student Study Week   ICAB5165B

6 6th August 2012 • Strings & regular expressions.
• Simple data validation.
• Work on project database.
 Task 2: Website Project teams finalised.
2.1 Project contract due

7 13th August 2012 • Review of functions & include files.
• More on data validation.
2.2 Project database, data dictionary & query design due ICAB5165B

8 20th August 2012  • Website templates.
• Project work
 2.3 Project template due ICAB5165B


Mid semester break (27th Aug - 31st Aug) 

9 3rd September 2012  • Using PHP with MySQL.
• Searching & inserting into a database

10 10th September 2012  • Deleting from a database.
• Database utilities

11 17th September 2012  • Project work only  2.4 Project demo & feedback ICAB5165B

12 24th September 2012 • Session control.
• Web security issues.
• Project work

13 1st October 2012  • Project work.
• Revision for practical test

14 8th October 2012  • Practical test  Task 3: Practical test ICAB5165B

15 15th October 2011  • Final project submissions  2.5 Project final & presentation ICAB5165B

16 22nd October 2012 • Course review   ICAB5165B

17 29th October 2012  Resubmits ICAB5165B


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The following textbook is prescribed for this course:
PHP and MySQL Web Development, Luke Welling & Laura Thomson, 4th Edition (2009), Pearson Education.
ISBN-10: 0672329166
ISBN-13: 978-0672329166
It is expected that all students will purchase a copy of this text as soon as possible. Students will be working directly on various tasks from this book in most classes.

Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various books and Websites which will be indicated.

10: 067232916


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Task 1: Skill Review Task (Due Date: week 4 in class)
Students will be expected to complete a task in the classroom. All files must be created individually, and submitted or demonstrated when requested. In some cases printouts may be required.

Task 2: Website Project
Working in teams, students will plan and develop a dynamic Website for a small business selling products online. The Website will be integrated with a MySQL database created by team members.
There are five deliverables in this project. These deliverables are milestones or check points which are designed to help the students finishing the project on time.
2.1 Project Contract (Due Date: Week 6 in class)
This is a team submission. This contract is a legal document between project team members. The contract should address project details, boundaries, project team rules and responsibilities, etc. Each project team member must sign the contract.
2.2 Project Database, Data Dictionary & Query Design (Due Date: Week 7 in class)
A database is to be designed and developed by the student; this database serves as the back-end support of the dynamic web site. In this task, each student is required to create the table design, entity (table) Data Dictionary. Create and run the SQL queries to create, edit, and insert records into the table(s).
2.3 Project Template (Due Date: Week 8 in class)
The template is the file structure of the web site. The project files are to be organised and structured to a standard (example will be given to the students).
2.4 Project Demo & Feedback (Due Date: Week 11 in class)
Students are required to demonstrate their web site to the teacher and class. Suggestions and feedback will be given for improvements.
2.5 Project Final & Presentation (Due Date: Week 15 in class)
Project teams must present the finished web site to the teacher (clients, others).

Task 3: Practical Test (Due Date: week 14 in class)
There will be an in-class practical test in which students will be required to demonstrate how to create dynamic Web pages using PHP. These pages will utilise connections to a MySQL database.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard, and RMIT server.

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach. Understand and undertake tasks using a web developing language - PHP. Competency includes preparing the technical environment, using skills and functions to create dynamic web pages, documentation, debugging and testing techniques in supporting of the development activities.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in creating dynamic web pages tasks. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable skills and knowledge in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise while creating dynamic web pages and how these might be addressed.


We expect to see full utilisation of Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to create dynamic web pages.

Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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