Course Title: Use structured query language

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COSC6112C

Course Title: Use structured query language

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Chandra Nannegari

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251657

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use a structured query language (SQL) to define, create and manipulate database structures and associated data in a relational database.

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom based and self-paced learning activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAPRG425A Use structured query language


1. Write a simple SQL statement to retrieve and sort data

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Retrieve all the data from a single table
1.2 Retrieve data from specific columns in a single table
1.3 Use ’order by’ to sort query output


2. Write an SQL statement that selectively retrieves data

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Restrict the number of rows retrieved by placing criteria in the 'where' clause
2.2 Restrict the number of rows retrieved by placing specific criteria in the select statement
2.3 Use comparison operators in the 'where' clause to compare numeric, character, string, date and time data
2.4 Use Boolean operators with the correct precedence
2.5 Use criteria in the 'where' clause to check for a range of values, to select values from a list, and to check for values that match a pattern
2.6 Use SQL syntax to suppress duplicate values from query results
2.7 Take action to exclude null values from a query result


6. Write and execute SQL sub-queries

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Construct single and nested sub-queries
6.2 Construct sub-queries that return a single row and multiple rows
6.3 Use correlated sub-queries to retrieve required data
6.4 Write sub-queries that use aggregates


7. Create and manipulate tables

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify required columns, data types, keys, relationships, indexes and constraints
7.2 Use relevant naming conventions for database elements
7.3 Create tables that implement required elements
7.4 Manipulate tables to meet specific requirements


8. Create and use views

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Create views that satisfy information requirements
8.2 Use check constraints in a view
8.3 Retrieve, insert, update and delete data using a view
8.4 Drop a view from a database


3. Write SQL statements that use functions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use arithmetical operators with the correct precedence
3.2 Use string functions and operators to obtain the required query output
3.3 Use mathematical functions to obtain the required output, where required
3.4 Use date functions to obtain the required output
3.5 Use SQL aggregate functions to obtain the required output


4. Write SQL statements that use aggregation and filtering

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use 'group by' to aggregate data by multiple columns
4.2 Sort aggregated data in the query output
4.3 Filter aggregated data using the 'having' clause


5. Write SQL statements that retrieve data from multiple tables

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Employ the inner join syntax to retrieve data from two or more tables
5.2 Use 'left outer', 'right outer' and 'full outer' syntax to join tables in the select statement
5.3 Use correct syntax in the 'where' clause to retrieve data from multiple tables
5.4 Write a union query that retrieves data from more than one table


9. Create and use stored procedures

Performance Criteria:

9.1 Create and execute stored procedures that use SQL to retrieve, insert or modify data according to information requirements
9.2 Create and execute stored procedures that use one or more parameters
9.3 Drop a stored procedure from the database
9.4 Create and test database triggers that automate data management or perform specific required data-related functions

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment
111th Feb 2013

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


Relational databases

218th Feb 2013Simple SQL statements to retrieve and sort data 
325th Feb 2013SQL statements that selectively retrieve data.Task 1:Project Posting
44th Mar 2013SQL statements to extract data from more than one table.

Task 1: Stage 1: Project draft checks

511th Mar 2013SQL in multi-table table queries continuedTask 1:Stage 1: Project submission
618th Mar 2013SQL functions                          Task 1:Stage 1: feedback
725th Mar 2013 SQL aggregation and filtering of data.

Task 1: Stage 1: feedback

  Mid-Semester Break (28 Mar to 3 Apr) 
71st Apr 2013SQL aggregation and filtering of data.Task 1: Stage 2: Project draft checks
88th Apr 2013SQL action QueriesTask 1:Stage 2: Project submission
915th Apr 2013SQL sub-queries 
1022nd Apr 2013Views, Project Work.Task 1:Stage 3: Project draft checks
1129th Apr 2013Client Server concepts 
126th May 2013Stored procedureTask 1: Stage 3: Project draft checks
1313th May 2013Stored procedure continued.Task 1:Stage 3: Project draft checks
1420th May 2013Skills Review conductedTask 2: Skills Review
1527th May 2013Project WorkTask 1 :Stage 3 : Project submission
163rd June 2013Feedback & Review . Re-submissions if required 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Larry Rockoff, The Language of SQL, Course Technology, ISBN - 13: 978-1-4354-5751-5


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

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

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete all the stages of the project and "skills review" to be deemed competent.

The stages of work must be submitted to blackboard and equally demonstrated to your teacher.

Task 1: Project(Due Date: Week 5, 8 & 15)

The project provides an opportunity, to students, to demonstrate the skills they learn in this unit.

A small case study will be provided in week 3 for designing a simple relational database for stage 1 & 3 of submission. A real life database structure will also be provided to students in Week 3 for Stage 2. The same database will be created, populated and queried by students using SQL for Stage 3. Stage 1 & 2 are individual submissions and Stage 3 is a team submission.

o Stage 1: Project Submission (Due Week 5 ) - Individual

o Stage 2:Project Submission(Due Week 8 ) - Individual

  • Simple SQL queries are designed to extract data.
  • You will be asked to demonstrate, answer question about, and modify queries during assessment time. So make sure that you understand them.
  • Assessment will be based on your design, as well as the functionality of your query.

o Stage 3: Project Submission  (Due Week 15 ) - Team

  • 2 or 3 students will be expected to form a team.
  • You can optimise queries designed in stage 1 within a team.
  • You will execute complex SQL Queries to extract (as per elements of competency) data.
  • Finalise relational database  based on the given case study.
  • You will be asked to demonstrate, answer question about, and modify queries during assessment time. So make sure that you understand them. 

Task 2: Skills Review (Due Week 14)

For this assessment task you will be given a sample database with data. You will be required to create and populate database using SQL and then write a series of queries to extract data from this database.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

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.

Resubmission Guide:

Once a student has submitted an assessment , a resubmission will be granted if deemed NYC. This refers to Task 1 (project) stages 2 and 3 and Task 2 (skills review) only. On resubmission, student will not receive a grade higher than CAG (Competency achieved).

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 will include 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 to designing a well-structured database that represents the client’s business reality and provides the user with a productive business tool.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required to design a well-structured database. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable design principles in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology and design tools to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended clients. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in designing a well-structured database and how these might be addressed.


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.


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 designing 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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