UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CITS1402 Relational Database Management Systems

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Computer Science; Data Science major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Quantitative Methods major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit deals with data modelling through the theory and practice of database design, implementation and use. Several database models are addressed, with a strong focus on the relational model and its theoretical grounding in sets and relational algebra. The process of problem decomposition into entity-relations, the design of appropriate relational schemas, and their refinement through normalisation underlies the unit. Critical issues surrounding the design of query languages and their implementation are addressed, and information retrieval is practised using a specific query language. Students learn database connectivity by building systems in one of several programming languages that support a connectivity Application Programming Interface (API).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand existing database implementation and create refinements and improvements through analysis; (2) understand the 'business' requirements to design a database; (3) refine the database to improve and ensure correctness and reliability; (4) correctly program structured query language (SQL) queries and reports; and (5) build an application layer interface for easier user interaction.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) project; (2) test; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jianxin Li
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Mathematics Applications ATAR or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent or higher
Incompatibility: CITS2232 Databases
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/CITS1402/SEM-2/2017

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