Database Analysis and Design (Previously INF20004 Database Concepts and Modelling) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Portfolio - Individual (100%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,925.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 3,175.00

This unit describes how to deal with the data available to organisations from both internal and external sources, how data is stored and retrieved in ways which are useful and effective. Students are introduced to techniques of data modelling and database design as a means of analysing, understanding and recording data. Some of the key commercial database management tools are discussed along with tools for quick and easy data retrieval and visualisation. The unit also introduces students to how people and organisations can access, analyse and make use of data found in social media etc.

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data and how they are used by organisations
  2. Use data analysis methods to produce and document a logical data model
  3. Explain and demonstrate the key principles involved in good database design
  4. Design and use simple database systems using a commercial relational database and management system tools
  5. Work collaboratively in diverse groups.
  • Portfolio — Individual (100%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Information in the organisation.
2DBMS terminology and concepts.
3The relational data model.
4Structured Query Language.
5Entity relational analysis.
6Normalisation of data.
7Data integrity.
8Data warehousing
9Data normalisation
10Storage of semi-structured and unstructured data
11Querying semi-structured and unstructured data

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