Database Analysis and Design - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Group (10-20%) , Assignments - Individual (10-20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,000.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,250.00
International continuing 2,762.00

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All organisations need to store vast amounts of data gathered from both internal and external sources. Stored data must be able to be easily retrieved, aggregated and reported on. Stored data must be updated, deleted and added to. Relational Databases are the most common way of storing data about entities such as people, products, organisations and the transactions that occur between these entities. The most common problem with relational databases is a poor database schema which limits the storage, maintenance, retrieval and performance of the database. This unit focuses on appropriate database design techniques using Entity Relationship Diagrams and Normalisation techniques. Students design and build and critically analyse complex databases, then store, maintain and retrieve data using commercial relational database management tools. These skills are required by any persons who will interact with an existing database or will be involved in the design of new data storage and retrieval systems. Students are expected to review their design in the context of current trends as articulated in the academic literature.

Upon successfully completing this unit, students will be able to apply:

  1. coherent and advanced knowledge of database design
  2. database analysis and design fundamentals to the relational data model
  3. problem solving, design and conceptual data analysis methods to produce and document a logical data model
  4. coherent and advanced knowledge of trends in database design from the current literature
  • Assignment — Group (10-20%)
  • Assignments — Individual (10-20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (40-60%)
  • Test — (20-30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Information in the organisation and business rules
2DBMS terminology and concepts
3The relational data model
4Structured Query Language
5Entity relational analysis
6Normalisation of data
7Data integrity
8Data warehousing

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