Course Title: Gather data to identify business requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6108C

Course Title: Gather data to identify business requirements

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5300 - Diploma of Information Technology

Course Contact : Chandra Nannegari

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1657

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Lewis                               +61 3 9925 1615             

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 identify, analyse and document business requirements.  Students will work in teams to design a small business database, and then test their design in a modern database management system (DBMS).

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:

ICAICT509A Gather data to identify business requirements


1. Identify key information sources

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify information repositories across the business
1.2 Review current organisational documentation
1.3 Develop critical questions to elicit information from key stakeholders using
a mixture of open and closed questions


2. Gather data

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use a wide range of information-gathering techniques
2.2 Review reports and other data sources for business information
2.3 Confirm business-critical factors relating to current and future directions of
the organisation with stakeholders


3. Prepare data analysis for review

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Analyse group and individual responses to clearly define business priorities
3.2 Document data analysis for review according to organisational standards

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 practical computer exercises based on teacher handouts.  Students should attend all sessions.

Students will also be expected to undertake work on a small 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

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:

Please note that this course, ICAICT509A - Gather data to identify business requirements, is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with ICADBS502A - Design a database.

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:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities

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 
19th 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 courser
•  Reminder re submission requirements
•  Getting help

Introduction to data analysis & DB design
•  Course introduction & overview. Relational database concepts.
•  Introduction to Access. Web forms & data entry. 2-table relationships


216th Feb 2015Key sources of data. Business rules. Basic ERDs. 1:M relationships & foreign keysProject Specs issued
Project Teams selected
323rd Feb 2015Business documents & business rules. More on ERDs: M:N relationships & bridging tables ICADBS502A
42nd Mar 2015Gathering data. Referential integrity. Building up complex ERDsASSESSMENT 1 - Project Proposal dueICADBS502A
59th Mar 2015
(Labour Day PH
Mon 9th Mar)

Developing questions. Conceptual, logical & physical models. Forms & sub-forms

616th Mar 2015

Analysing data. Data types. Redundancy, dependencies & normalisation

ASSESSMENT 1 - Project Stage 1 dueICADBS502A
723rd Mar 2015

DB requirements. More on normalisation. Database design improvements.

8a30th Mar 2015
(3 days)

Groupable data, data integrity & data validation. Forms & reports

ASSESSMENT 1 - Project Stage 2 due

MID-SEMESTER BREAK (Thu 2nd Apr to Wed 8th Apr 2015 inclusive) 

Thur 9th Apr 2015
(2 days)
Thurs 9/04 & Fri 10/04

Groupable data, data integrity & data validation. Forms & reports

ASSESSMENT 1 - Project Stage 2 due

913th Apr 2015

Review of validation. SQL Server tables, logins & DB roles.
Class work on project

1020th Apr 2015

Review of forms & reports. Reports with grouping.
Class work on project

ASSESSMENT 1 - Project Stage 3 dueICADBS502A
1127th Apr 2015

Data dictionaries. Security permissions.
Class work on project & documentation

124th May 2015

Database backup & recovery procedures.
Class work on project & documentation

ASSESSMENT 1 - Project Stage 4 & Documentation dueICADBS502A
1311th May 2015 Class work on project & documentation.
 Revision for Skills Review
1418th May 2015

Skills Review conducted
Final class work on project & documentation.

ASSESSMENT 2 - Skills ReviewICADBS502A
1525th May 2015

Project submission & demonstrations

ASSESSMENT 1 - Final Project & Documentation due (first class)ICADBS502A
 161st Jun 2015

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


You will receive feedback two weeks from the due date of each task. If required, resubmissions are due by the end of the following week.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Stephens, R (2009), Beginning Database Design Solutions, Wiley, Print ISBN: 978-0-470-38549-4

Although from 2009, this text is pitched at a good introductory level, and is available free of charge as an e-book via the RMIT Library Website.


Pratt, P & Last, Z (2014), Concepts of Database Management, 8th edn, Cengage Learning,
ISBN-13: 978-1285427102

This is another good introductory text suitable for this course.  Older editions of this text are also useful, and are available from the RMIT Library.

Other Resources

Students may also refer to various Websites as indicated their 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

Please note that this course, ICAICT509A - Gather data to identify business requirements, is co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with ICADBS502A - Design a database.

Critical aspects of assessment

Evidence of the ability to:

•  document business requirements based on business strategy and current and future directions
•  facilitate client stakeholders to reach a consensus position
•  design a well-structured database that represents the client’s business reality and provides the user with a productive business tool

You are required to complete 2 assessment.  You must successfully complete all sections of each assessment task to be deemed competent in this unit.

NOTE: Details about specific tasks and assessment criteria will be included in the Cover Sheet(s) for each task.

ASSESSMENT 1 - Database Project (Due Dates: Refer to Teaching Schedule)

For this assessment task you will be asked to plan and develop a small business database for an on-line business from scratch in consultation with key stakeholders.  You will first need to identify information sources, gather data and confirm key client database requirements.  You will work in a team to manage this project efficiently.

In order to be deemed competent in this task you will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of areas including 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 create Access data structures to test your designs
•  Ability to normalise your tables to store data effectively
•  Ability to create objects such as forms and reports
•  Documentation of security and recovery procedures

Work for each stage of the project (outlined below) should be submitted on the due date, as per the Teaching Schedule.  You will be expected to submit and retain soft copies of any documents required. In some cases printouts may be required.

Project Proposal  (Team - DueWeek 4):  Initial draft of proposal outlining details elicited by questioning client:

•  Area of business operations, as well as purpose & scope of database project
•  Key business processes such sales, ordering & stock control
•  Technical constraints including hardware &software e.g. DBMS
•  Any key business rules & particular design requirements
•  Any issues requiring further clarification from key stakeholders (further questions)
•  Outline of deliverables & timeline for project stages, including simple Gantt chart
•  Team member responsibilities & communication plan 
•  Sample business documents e.g. forms & reports from current system

Project Stage 1  (Individual - Due Week 6):

•  First draft of ERD (with cardinalities) created in Visio with Access Relationships

Project Stage 2  (Individual - Due Week 8):

•  Updated ERD & Access Relationships (for client confirmation after normalisation)
•  Some sample data inserted into tables in Access

Project Stage 3  (Team - Due Week 10):

•  ERD and Relationships for whole group (final conceptual & logical models)

Project Stage 4 & Documentation  (Team - Due Week 12):

•  Data dictionary & business rules finalised (physical model)
•  Data structures implemented e.g. keys, constraints, indexes & validation rules
•  Sample data entry completed (all tables)

Final Project & Documentation  (Team - Due Week 15):

•  Final version of database, including queries, forms and reports
•  Final project documentation including access, security, backup & recovery procedures

Students will receive feedback or confirmation at each stage in relation to client requirements.  In many cases changes or modifications will be required. It is therefore vital that any design documentation and other work required for each stage be submitted in a timely manner.

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

General Points

•  All documents are to be presented in portfolio form ie. a folder of documents submitted on Blackboard
•  Each document should include a header (eg. with the name of the document and team members’ names) and a footer (eg. with the date and page number).
•  All team members must sign the assessment cover sheet(s).
•  Soft copies are to be retained by all team members as backups.  Google Docs is preferred.
•  RMIT academic discipline procedures will apply in cases of plagiarism. Students should use Turnitin to avoid plagiarism.

ASSESSMENT 2 – Skills Review  (Conducted in Week 14)

For this assessment task you will be asked to analyse data models and design data structures, forms and reports for some simple scenarios.  You will be able to review and verify your designs on your computer with reference to Web and other resources, including DBMS software.

You will also be questioned on the information sources (e.g. key documents & questions) as well as techniques used in gathering data, such as reviewing reports.  You will also need to be able to analyse simple data to in order to confirm database requirements.

Some knowledge of security and data recovery concepts and procedures will also be required.

To be deemed competent in this task you will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of the skills and concepts covered in all sections of the course.

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

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via the Learning Hub (Blackboard).

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 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 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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