Course Title: Model data objects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: COSC6118C

Course Title: Model data objects

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Lewis:


Phone: 9925 1615

Kanchan Aggarwal:



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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to understand business operations, identify entities and data, diagrammatically represent their relationships and prepare a data model.

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:

ICASAD501A Model data objects


1. Identify entities and relationships

Performance Criteria:

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<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">1.2 Identify boundaries of the system<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">1.3 Identify entities, attributes, data types and relationships of data<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">1.4 Review business rules to determine impact<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>1.5 Document relationships in an entity relationship diagram


3. Validate model

Performance Criteria:

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<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">3.2 Resolve issues or recommendations<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">3.3 Document completed data model<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>3.4 Submit to client for final approval


2. Develop normalisation

Performance Criteria:

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<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">2.2 Undertake normalisation of business data and document results</font></font>

<font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">2.3 Compare normalisation results with entity relationship diagram<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>2.4 Reconcile differences between data

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. (ICADBS412A) COSC 6117C - Build a database.
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 
106th July 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. 




213th July 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
320th July 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • Analyse Business Data - Identify boundaries of the system.
  • Analyse current business documents - forms
  • Determine possible IT gaps.
427th July 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
503rd Aug 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.

610th Aug 2015


  • Case studies - ERD Continued.
  • Build Prototype.
  • VBA Continued - Loops.
  • Compare IT infrastructure.
Assessment  1 : Stage 1 assessment & feedbackICASAD501A
717th Aug 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
824th Aug 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
MID SEMESTER BREAK -  Mon 31st Aug to Fri 4th Sept, 2015 inclusive
907th Sept 2015
  • Example Project - Continued
  • Importing Data from existing system.
  • Identify key stake holders.
Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2 - draft due for feedbackICASAD501A
1014th Sept 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

1121st Sept 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 


28th Sept 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
1305th Oct 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 
1412th Oct 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 
1519th Oct 2015 
  • Assessment  1 - (Project) Stage 3 - Demonstration & feedback
Assessment 1 - (Project) Stage 3 - Demonstration & feedback
  • ICASAD501A
  • ICADBS412A 
  • ICAICT511A 
 1626th Oct 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


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. (ICADBS412A) COSC 6117C - Build a database.
2. (ICAICT511A) COSC 6109C - 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 assessments to be deemed competent in this course.

As part of these assessments, you are required to design and implement a fully-functional customised database for the client - Tamil School (Tamizh Palli Koodam Inc), located in Melbourne, from scratch, in consultation with key stakeholders, such as your teacher and the client (Tamil School).   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 Tamil School. 

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 Tamil School. 

  • 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 Tamil School 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 Tamil School. 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 Tamil School.  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 "school’ 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:
Form to use:

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.
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Form to use:

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:
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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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