Course Title: Model data objects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: COSC7363C

Course Title: Model data objects

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5341 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact: Val Christou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5076

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chandra Nannegari

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 skills and knowledge required to understand business operations, identify entities and data, diagrammatically represent their relationships, and prepare a data model.

It applies individuals who have a broad range of analytical, technical and communication skills and who work within broad but established parameters.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTSAD501 Model data objects


1. Identify entities and relationships

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse business data to understand operations
1.2 Identify boundaries of the system
1.3 Identify entities, attributes, data types and relationships of data
1.4 Review business rules to determine impact
1.5 Document relationships in an entity relationship diagram


2. Develop normalisation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify suitable business data
2.2 Undertake normalisation of business data and document results
2.3 Compare normalisation results with entity relationship diagram
2.4 Reconcile differences between data


3. Validate model

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Validate data model with client
3.2 Resolve issues or recommendations
3.3 Document completed data model
3.4 Submit to client for final approval

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 ICTICT511 (COSC7358C) 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 
18th Feb 2016

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. 




215th Feb 2016

 • Intro to example Project and solution.
• Analyse business data - Develop Business Rules and identify business operations.
• Analyse current business documents - reports
• Analyse current strategic plan of organisation continued.

 • Assessment (project) Stage 1,2,3 - Project Specs issued
• Assessment (project) (Stage 1) - Project Teams formed
ICTSAD501 (COSC7363C) 
322nd Feb 2016 • Example Project - Continued
• Analyse Business Data - Identify boundaries of the system.
• Analyse current business documents - forms
• Determine possible ICT gaps.
 ICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
ICTSAD501 (COSC7363C) 
429th Feb 2016 • Example Project - Continued
• Analyse Business Data - Identify possible entities.
• Analyse current business documents - queries.
• Document the effect of ICT developments.
 Assessment (project) Stage 1 - draft due for feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
57th March 2016

 • Example Project - Continued
• Case studies - ERD
• Intro to VBA.
• Review current ICT systems supported by the organisation.

 Assessment (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.


14th March 2016

(Public Holiday Monday)

 • Case studies - ERD Continued.
• Build Prototype.
• VBA Continued - Loops.
• Compare ICT infrastructure.

 Assessment (project) : Stage 1 assessment & feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
7a21st March 2016

 • Example Project - Continued
• VBA - DAO objects.
• Confirm DB Design. Document inconsistencies in DB design.
• Objectives and implications of introducing changes

 Assessment (project) : Stage 1 assessment & feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
MID SEMESTER BREAK -  24th - 30th March 2016 inclusive
7b28th March 2016 • Example Project - Continued
• VBA - DAO objects.
• Confirm DB Design. Document inconsistencies in DB design.
• Objectives and implications of introducing changes.
Thursday 31/03 and Friday 1/04 classes : SELF-PACED ONLINE ACTIVITIES
 Assessment (project) : Stage 1 assessment & feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
84th April 2016 • Example Project - Continued
• VBA continued - Entering 5000 records
• Objectives and implications of introducing changes - continued.
 Assessment (Project) Stage 2 - draft due for feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
911th April 2016 • Example Project - Continued
• Identify key stake holders.
 Assessment (Project) Stage 2 - draft due for feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)
1018th April 2016 • Determinant & Dependencies
• Data Dictionary
• Develop plans - organisational policy and procedures.

 Assessment (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.

1125th April 2016 • Data Redundancy and Anomalies
• Validation of data model by client.
• Document action plans to standards.
 • Assessment (Project) Stage 2 assessment & feedbackICTICT511 (COSC7358C)


2nd May 2016

 • Steps in Normalisation, Normal Forms - 1 NF & 2NF & Relational Schema.
• Implementation plan.
• Document action plans continued
• Insert Update Form

 Assessment (project ) Stage 2 - assessment & feedback


139th May 2016
 • Steps in Normalisation, Normal Forms - 3NF
• Document completed data model.
• User training requirements.
• Document action plans continued
 Assessment - (Project) Stage 3 - draft feedback


1416th May 2016 

 • Work on project.

  Assessment (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.


1523rd May 2016

 • Assessment (Project) Stage 3 - Demonstration & feedback

 Assessment (project) Stage 3 - Demonstration & feedback


 1630th May 2016

 • Course & assessment feedback.
• Re-submission of work if required



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

Schwalbe, K(7th edn, 2014), Information Technology Project Management, Thomson course Technology


Maley, C.(2012), Project Management Concepts, Methods and Techniques, Taylor & Franscis


Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • document client business requirements
  • construct an entity relationship diagram
  • construct and document a data model
  • normalise the model
  • validate the model.

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

fully describe:

  • database identifiers and their impact on database usability
  • normalisation rules and processes
  • type hierarchies, including sub-types, super-types and root-types related to development of structured data types
  • validation procedures and processes

describe the function and features of:

  • an approach to data modelling, such as the entity-relationship model
  • keys, e.g. unique keys, composite keys, primary keys and primary index
  • time stamps related to the use of keys
  • user defined types, structured types, reference types and user defined functions
  • data types and their application

summarise the particular business domain.

 Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Noise levels, production flow, interruptions and time variances must be typical of those experienced in the systems analysis and design field of work, and include access to:

  • client’s business requirements
  • special purpose tools, equipment and materials
  • industry software packages
  • computer aided software engineering (CASE) tools
  • entity relationship diagrams.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.       

Assessment Tasks


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


(ICTICT511) COSC 7358C - Match ICT needs with the strategic direction on the enterprise.

You are required to complete ONE assessment- Assessment (Project). You must successfully assessment to be deemed competent in this course.

As part of the assessment, you are required to design and implement a fully-functional customised database for the client – City West Taekwondo ( located in Melbourne, from scratch, in consultation with key stakeholders, such as your teacher and the client (City West Taekwondo).

The Assessment (Project) requires you to design, build and validate a Database application to process transaction and store the required data for City West Taekwondo.
This assessment consists of three stages: Stage 1 & 3 is team submission 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 (Project ) Stage 1 (Team): Due: week 5

During this stage you are required to analyse and understand the current and future requirements (including ICT infrastructure) for implementing a database to record all data necessary for a smooth functioning of “City West Taekwondo”.
• 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 “City West Taekwondo” and one query used to extract data.
• Based on the above analysis, develop business rules and identify possible entities.
• Analyse ICT infrastructure and identify possible ICT gaps based on the strategic plan of the “City West Taekwondo”. Also document the effect of ICT developments.

Assessment (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 “City West Taekwondo”. You also need to determine and evaluate the result of proposed ICT 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 ICT changes.

Assessment (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 ICT 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 (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 evaluate current ICT infrastructure and develop ICT 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 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.
More Information:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)
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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