Course Title: Use structured query language

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Week Week Commencing Topics Assessment
1 07th July 2014

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


Simple SQL statements to retrieve and sort data

2 14th July 2014 SQL statements that selectively retrieve data.  
3 21st July 2014 SQL statements to extract data from more than one table. Task 1 (Project) Stage 1:Posting
4 28th July 2014 SQL in multi-table table queries continued


5 04th Aug 2014 SQL aggregation and filtering of data.  
6 11th Aug 2014 SQL sub-queries             Task 1 (Project) Stage 1: draft checks
7 18th Aug 2014 SQL functions

Task 1 (Project): Stage 1: Submission Due

8 25th Aug 2014 SQL action Queries  Task 1 (Project): Stage 1 - feedback
                                                                                                                                                                                     MID SEMESTER BREAK - Monday 1st Sept, 2014 to Friday 05th Sept 2014 inclusive
9 08th Sept 2014 Views  
10 15th Sept 2014 Stored procedure  
11 22nd Sept 2014 Left Join, Right Join & UNION  
12 29th Sept 2014 Client Server concepts  Task 1 (Project) : Stage 2: Project draft checks
13 06th Oct 2014 Task 2: Modelling & Client Server concepts task sheet Task 1 (Project) Stage 2: Project draft checks
14 13th Oct 2014 Task 1 (Project) Stage 2: Submission due. Task 1 (Project) Stage 2: Submission due
15 20th Oct 2014 Task 1 (Project) demonstration and feedback.  
16 27th Oct 2014 Feedback & Review . Re-submissions if required  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


SQL for SQL Server by Bijoy Bordoloi and Douglas Bock ISBN: 0-13-113299-7

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

 You have two tasks for assessment - TASK 1 (Project) and TASK 2 (Worksheet). You must successfully complete each TASK to be deemed competent in this unit.

The TASK 1 (Project) will be submitted in two stages. Stage 1 is an individual submission and Stage 2 a team submission . The project provides an opportunity to students to demonstrate the skills they learn in this unit. TASK 2(Worksheet in Week 13) involves database modelling and server concepts.

 A workable database structure will be provided in Week 3 for  Task 1 ( Project) .

o Task 1 ( Project)Stage 1:Submission(Due Week 7 ) - Individual

  • The database structure is implemented using graphical tools with appropriate data either in MS Access or in MS SQL Server.
  • You will design and execute simple SQL queries to extract data from this database.
  • You will be asked to demonstrate, answer question about, and modify queries during assessment time.

o Task 1 (Project) Stage 2:  Submission  (Due Week 14 ) - Team

  • 2 or 3 students will be expected to form a team.
  • The database structure is implemented using SQL statements in MS SQL Server. Further tables are populated with appropriate data using SQL statements.
  • You will design and execute complex SQL Queries to extract data from this database.
  • You will be asked to demonstrate, answer question about, and modify queries during assessment time.

Late submissions of work required for any stage of this project will be eligible for grading at CAG (Competency Achieved) level only

Task 2 (Worksheet): Submission (Due in Week 13) : Individual

You are required to demonstrate your knowledge in database modelling and server concepts by completing  task sheet successfully.

  • A case study will be provided based on which you will draw the ERD and then implement it in MS Access or MS SQL Server.
  • Provide answers to questions on server concepts. 

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.

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 Not Yet Competent 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):

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 queries. These queries will extract data from a well-structured database that represents the client’s business reality.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required to design and execute queries on 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 queries on 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 design of queries that extracts data from a 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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