Course Title: Build a database
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2012
Course Code: COSC6079C
Course Title: Build 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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 30
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 unit defines the competency required to build and implement a database using an established design.
If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a specialist computing lab. Students are not required to have their own mobile computing device during class time. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
ICAB4170B Build a database
1. Confirm database design
1.1 Review database design documentation, including data structures, queries, reports and user interface
2. Create prototype
2.1 Develop prototype according to database design
3. Test database
3.1 Develop implementation plan for the database
4. Evaluate database
4.1 Review database with client for final approval
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 project and other activities for homework.
|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.|
|1||6th Feb 2012||
• Data Structures
|2||13th Feb 2012||VBA basics: Variables, Types, Assignments, Subs, Functions.|
|3||20th Feb 2012||VBA basics: Loops|
|4||27th Feb 2012||VBA continued.||
Class Exercise (Task 1)
Project Posting (Task 2)
|5||5th Mar 2012||Logical database design|
12th Mar 2012
(Monday, Labour Day)
|GUI Components: Forms|
|7||19th Mar 2012||GUI components – continued.|
|8||26th Mar 2012||Form Subform||Class Exercise (Task 1)|
|9||2nd Apr 2012||Confirm DB Design||Class Exercise (Task 1)|
|Mid semester break (5 April to 11 April)|
|9||9th Apr 2012||Confirm DB Design||Class Exercise (Task 1)|
|10||16th Apr 2012||Prototype created. Prototype assessed.||Class Exercise (Task 1)|
|11||23rd Apr 2012||Test data developed.||Stage 1: Project submission - prototype (Task 2)|
|12||30th Apr 2012||Implementation plan. Post implementation review||Class Exercise (Task 1)|
|13||7th May 2012||Evaluate Database||Class Exercise (Task 1)|
|14||14th May 2012||Project Work|
|15||21st May 2012|| • Project submission and demonstration. |
|Stage 2: Project submission - (Task 2)|
|16||28th May 2012||Practical TEST (Task 3 )||Practical TEST (Task 3 )|
|17||4th Jun 2012||Re-submissions if required|
MS Access Help (Accompanying MS Access) & relevant websites.
Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class.
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
You are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.
TASK 1 – Class Exercises (Due Date: Refer to Teaching Schedule)
For this assessment task you are required to complete in-class worksheets on build and implement aspects of database, as per the Teaching Schedule.
TASK 2 Project (Due Date: Week 12 & 15)
• The project provides an opportunity, to students, to demonstrate the skills they learn in this unit.
o A case study or real life project is made available to students in Week 4.
o The students will be required to submit the project in two stages (Refer weekly breakdown). Stage 1 is an individual submission while Stage 2 is a group submission.
o Stage 1:
 Confirm database design.
 Build a prototype based on design submitted for “Design a Database”.
 Populate one of the tables with 50000 records.
o Stage 2:
 2 or 3 students join to form a team.
 Design is optimised from stage 1 within the team and so also the prototype.
 SQL Queries are executed to validate the model.
 Forms and reports are implemented.
 Security features are designed and applied.
 Complete database documentation.
TASK 3 Practical TEST (Due Date: Week 16)
For this assessment task you need to build a prototype model which includes tables, form, and report and populate sample data programmatically under TEST conditions.
For building the model, design specifications are provided.
Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.
• 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 http://rmit.edu.au/browse;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:
1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK
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 to building and implementing a database using an established design.
2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING
We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge for building and implementing a database. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of building a database in all the assessment tasks.
3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING
We are looking for appropriate use of technology and tools to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended client. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in building and implementing a database and how these might be addressed.
4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT
We expect to see ongoing progress both in document portfolio and project relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.
5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK
We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled group sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach towards teamwork and building a well-structured database that meets client requirements.
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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