Course Title: Use structured query language

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6112C

Course Title: Use structured query language

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

Kanchan Aggarwal - teacher


Teacher Availability:   Details are provided on blackboard under staff details.

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


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


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


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

 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.


Week Week Commencing Topics Assessment
1 09th 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


Simple SQL statements to retrieve and sort data

2 16th Feb 2015 SQL statements that selectively retrieve data.  
3 23rd Feb 2015 SQL statements to extract data from more than one table. Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 1 & Stage 2 handed out
4 02nd March 2015 SQL in multi-table table queries continued


5 09th March 2015 SQL aggregation and filtering of data.  
6 16th March 2015 SQL sub-queries             Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 1: draft checks
7 23rd March 2015 SQL functions

Assessment 1 (Project): Stage 1: Submission Due. Demonstration & feedback of this assessment in Week 8A & 8B.  If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of Week 11.

8A 30th March 2015 SQL action Queries  Assessment 1 (Project): Stage 1 - feedback
                                                                                                                                                                                     MID SEMESTER BREAK - Easter break Thurs 2nd April to Wed 8th April, 2015 inclusive

Thurs 9/04/15
Thurs 9/04 & Fri 10/04

SQL action Queries
9 13th April 2015 Views   Assessment 1 (Project): Stage 1 - feedback;  Work on Task 1 (Project) Stage 2
10 20th April 2015 Stored procedure  Work on Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2
11 27th April 2015 Left Join, Right Join & UNION  Work on Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2
12 04th May 2015 Modelling concepts & Server concepts  Assessment 1 (Project) : Stage 2: Project draft checks
13 11th May 2015 Server concepts continued Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2: Project draft checks;    Assessment 2a : Modelling concepts task sheet
14 18th May 2015 Task 1 (Project) Stage 2: Submission due. Assessment 1 (Project) Stage 2: Submission due. Demonstration & feedback of this assessment in Week 15. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of Week 16.
15 25th May 2015 Task 1 (Project) Stage 2 demonstration and feedback;  Assessment 2b:   Server concepts worksheet due. Demonstration & feedback of this assessment in Week 16. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of Week 16.
16 01st June 2015 Feedback & Review . Re-submissions if required Assessment 2b feedback

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

 Critical aspects of assessment:

Evidence of the ability to:
• design a simple relational database
• use SQL to create database structures, and store, retrieve and manipulate data in a relational database
• create a variety of SQL queries to match client requirements
• create and use views and stored procedures.

You are required to complete two Assessment  tasks -  Assessment 1 (Project) and Assessment 2 (Worksheets).. You must successfully complete all tasks within the assesments to be deemed competent in this course.

The Assessment 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) involves database modelling and server concepts.

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

o Assessment 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 Assessment 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.

Assessment 2 (Worksheets): Submission  : Individual

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

  • (a) 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. (Due Week 13: in class task sheet)
  • (b) Provide answers to questions on server concepts.  (Due Week 15: take home task sheet)

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

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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