Course Title: Build a database

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6117C

Course Title: Build a database

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Chandra Nannegari

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251657

Course Contact Email:Chandra.Nannegari@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher Availability Timings:

Details are provided on blackboard under staff details.
 

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to build and implement a database using an established design.

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:

ICADBS412A Build a database

Element:

1. Confirm database design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review database design documentation, including data structures, queries, reports and user interface
1.2 Compare database access and security feature design with organisational security plan
1.3 Document inconsistencies in database and security design
 

Element:

2. Create prototype

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop prototype according to database design
2.2 Populate database tables with suitable data, including current business data
2.3 Write conversion programs to import data from existing systems
2.4 Develop test data to assess database features
2.5 Assess functionality of prototype with client, including identifying errors in program code and modifying screens and reports
2.6 Incorporate feedback from client into prototype
2.7 Obtain client sign-off for the prototype
 

Element:

3. Test database

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop implementation plan for the database
3.2 Install database management system software on network
3.3 Populate database tables with business data
3.4 Implement security and access controls
3.5 Test database output and security controls and record results
 

Element:

4. Evaluate database

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review database with client for final approval
4.2 Complete database documentation
4.3 Identify and document user training requirements
4.4 Seek and secure client acceptance of database
 


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

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

Learning activities will include laboratory-based sessions on a variety of topics as shown in the weekly breakdown. Learning activities will generally consist of both conceptual and practical computer exercises based on teacher handouts. Students should attend all sessions.

Students will also be expected to undertake work on a database project and other activities for homework.

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

  This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with:

1. (ICASAD501A) COSC 6118C - Model Data Objects

2. (ICAICT511A) COSC 6109C - Match IT needs with the strategic direction on the enterprise
 

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:
 

 Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:
• Program overview and requirements
• MyRMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
o Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
o Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities

Course Delivery:

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.
 

 


 

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessmentCompetencies Delivered 
109th Feb 2015

Introduction to the Course including:

• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets
• Reminder re Plagiarism
• Reminder re Appeals
• Extensions/Resubmissions
• Feedback in this course
• Reminder re submission requirements
• Getting help

Course Topic
• DB concepts (Sem 1 ) - review.
• Data Structures.
• Analyse current strategic plan of organisation. 

 

 

ICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 

216th Feb 2015
  • Intro to example Project and solution.
  • Analyse business data - Develop Business Rules and identifty business operations.
  • Analyse current business documents - reports
  • Analyse current strategic plan of organisation continued.
  •  Assessment 1 (Stage 1,2,3) - Project Specs issued
  • Assessment 1(Stage 1,2,3)  - Project Teams formed
ICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
323rd Feb 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • Analyse Business Data - Identify boundaries of the system.
  • Analyse current business documents - forms
  • Determine possible IT gaps.
 ICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
402nd March 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • Analyse Business Data - Identify possible entities..
  • Analyse current business documents - queries.
  • Document the effect of IT developments.
Assessment  1 (Project) Stage 1 - draft due for feedbackICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
509th March 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • Case studies - ERD
  • Build Prototype.
  • Intro to VBA.
  • Review current IT systems supported by the organisation.

Assessment  1 (Project) Stage 1 due. Assessment & feedback of this assessment in Week 06 & Week 07

If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of Week 09.

ICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A 
616th March 2015

 

  • Case studies - ERD Continued.
  • Build Prototype.
  • VBA Continued - Loops.
  • Compare IT infrastructure.
Assessment  1 : Stage 1 assessment & feedbackICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
723rd March 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • VBA - DAO objects.                           
  • Confirm DB Design. Document inconsistencies in DB design.
  • Objectives and implications of introducing changes.
Assessment  1 : Stage 1 assessment & feedbackICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
8A30th March 2015 
  • Example Project - Continued
  • VBA continued - Entering 5000 records
  • Objectives and implications of introducing changes  - continued.
Assessment  1 (Project) Stage 2 - draft due for feedbackICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
MID SEMESTER BREAK - Easter break Thurs 2nd April to Wed 8th April, 2015 inclusive
8B

Thurs 9th  March 2015

 

Thurs 9/04 & Fri 10/04

  • Example Project - Continued
  • VBA continued - Entering 5000 records
  • Objectives and implications of introducing changes - continued.

 

SELF PACED ONLINE ACTIVITY

Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2 - draft due for feedbackICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
913th April 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • Importing Data from existing system.
  • Identify key stake holders.
Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2 - draft due for feedbackICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A
 
1020th April 2015
  • Determinant & Dependencies
  • Data Dictionary
  • Install DBMS.
  • Security design concepts & implementation.
  • Develop plans - organisational policy and procedures. 

Assessment  1 (Project)Stage 2 - Due. Assessment & feedback of this assessment in Week 11.

If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of Week 13.

Assessment 2 handed out

ICASAD501A
ICADBS412A
ICAICT511A 
1127th April 2015
  • Data Redundancy and Anomalies
  • Validation of data model by client.
  • Implementation of security on MS SQL Server
  • Document action plans to standards.
  • Assessment  1 - Project Stage 2  assessment & feedback
  • Assessment 2 (Security) Due
  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A
  • ICAICT511A 

12

04th May 2015

  • Steps in Normalisation, Normal Forms - 1 NF & 2NF & Relational Schema.
  • Implementation plan.
  • Document action plans continued
  • Insert Update Form
  • Assessment 2 (Security)  - Demonstration & feedback
Assessment 1 - Project Stage 2 - assessment & feedback
  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A
  • ICAICT511A
1311th May 2015
  • Steps in Normalisation, Normal Forms - 3NF
  • Document completed data model.
  • User training requirements.
  • Document action plans continued.
  • Search Form
  • Assessment  2 (Security) - Demonstration & feedback Continued
 Assessment  1 - (Project) Stage 3 - draft feedback
  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A
  • ICAICT511A 
1418th May 2015 
  • Work on project. 

 Assessment  1 - (Project) Stage 3 due. Demonstration & feedback of this assessment in Week 15.

If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of Week 16.

  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A
  • ICAICT511A 
1525th May 2015 
  • Assessment  1 - (Project) Stage 3 - Demonstration & feedback
Assessment 1 - (Project) Stage 3 - Demonstration & feedback
  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A 
  • ICAICT511A 
 1601st June 2015
  • Course & assessment feedback. 
  • Re-submission of work if required
 
  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A
  • ICAICT511A 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Peter Rob , Carlos Coronel & Steven Morris, Database Systems: Design, Implementation & Management, 10e Edition, Course Technology, ISBN 1-111-96960-4


References

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


Other Resources

Students may also refer to various Websites as indicated by the teacher.


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

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with:

1. (ICASAD501A) COSC 6118C - Model Data Objects

2. (ICAICT511A) COSC 6109 C - Match IT needs with the strategic direction on the enterprise
 

Evidence of the ability to:
• model valid data objects
• normalise the model
• validate the model.
 

You are required to complete two assessments- Assessment 1 (Project) and Assessment 2 (Security Plan and Implementation ). You must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent in this course.

As part of these tasks, you are required to design and implement a fully-functional customised database for the client - Signature Pens, located in Melbourne, from scratch, in consultation with key stakeholders, such as your teacher and the client (Signature Pens)   You are also required to design & implement security so that unauthorized persons do not have access to the database system.

The Assessment  1 (Project) requires you to design, build and validate a Database application to process transaction and store the required data for Signature Pens. 

This assessment  consists of  three stages: Stage 1 & 3 are team submissions and Stage 2 is an individual submission. Work for each stage of the project (outlined below) should be submitted on the due date, as per the Teaching Schedule.

Assessment  1 (Project ) Stage 1 (Team):   Due: week 5

During this stage you are required to analyse and understand the current and future requirements (including IT infrastructure) for implementing a database to record all data necessary for a smooth functioning of Signature Pens. 

  • Analyse business and other data to identify area of business operations (as an example payments made by customers) and boundaries of the system.
  • Analyse and submit each of these documents – a form used for capturing data, invoice issued to a customer, a weekly report generated by Signature Pens and one query used to extract data.  
  • Based on the above analysis, develop business rules and identify possible entities.
  • Analyse IT infrastructure and identify possible IT gaps based on the strategic plan of the pen business. Also document the effect of IT developments.

Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2 (Individual):  Due: week 10

 In continuation of stage 1, in this stage you need to design and build a prototype database for Signature Pens.  You also need to determine and evaluate the result of proposed IT changes.
 

  • Identify (or refine) business rules and assumptions from stage 1.
  • Draw ERD using VISIO tool with appropriate template.
  • Build prototype (with appropriate data types, PK and FK) with sample data in MS Access.
  • Write program / s to populate tables up to 50000 records in a table.
  • Determine and evaluate the effect of IT changes.

Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 3 (Team): Due: week 14

Stage 3 of the project requires you to build and validate prototype and apply normalisation principles while managing changes requested by the client.
 

  • Re-examine ERD within the team and optimise it.
  • Modify and update ERD if client suggests changes to specifications.
  • Apply normalisation principles to refine the model.
  • Build prototype in MS Access with forms and reports as required by the client.
  • Build and validate the model on MS SQL Server.
  • Document the entire model, including training requirements.
  • Develop action plans to implement proposed changes in IT infrastructure.


Students will receive feedback or confirmation for each stage of submission. It is therefore vital that any design documentation and other work required for each stage be submitted in a timely manner.

In order to be deemed competent in this Assessment 1 (Project) you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of areas including (and not limited to) the following key areas:

  • Skills in gathering and analysing data to determine requirements
  • Ability to produce ERDs for a wide variety of scenarios
  • Ability to build and implement a database using established design.
  • Ability to normalise your tables to store data effectively
  • Ability to create objects such as forms and reports
  • Ability to write programs to simulate data and build flexibility in implementation
  • Ability to evaluate current IT infrastructure and develop IT services to meet future enterprise requirements.
  • Documentation of the complete model and training requirements. 

You will be asked to demonstrate understanding of the project submission.
Late submissions of work required for any stage of this project will be eligible for grading at CAG (Competency Achieved) level only 
 

Assessment 2 (Security Plan and Implementation ) : Individual and Team : (Due in Week 11)

This task involves security design and its implementation on MS SQL Server for the above "pen’ client.

  • Create user accounts in MS SQL Server. (Individual submission)
  • Test these accounts for READ, WRITE, DELETE AND UPDATE. (Individual submission)
  • Design organisational security plan (Team submission)
  • Compare database access and security feature design with organisational security plan (Team submission)


Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix that maps all assessments to the critical aspects of evidence, skills, knowledge and elements is available from the teacher.

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• 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 each assessment task 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.

Late Submission Procedures
You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

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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