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Unit Overview


Relational databases are the backbones of modern businesses in processing transactions and storing customer data. Most organisations usually deploy several relational databases for operational convenience. It is quite often necessary to integrate the information existing in different relational databases for planning and decision making. Data warehouses are built to facilitate planning and decision making in businesses integrating data from different relational databases. Online analytical processing (OLAP) is a technology that uses a data warehouse for answering aggregation queries often used in planning. While relational databases hold important transactional information of a business, the success of a business quite often depends on advanced planning and development of strategies based on customer behaviour. Data mining technologies are used for discovering such patterns and trends in data stored in relational databases. This unit introduces the key mechanisms in data warehousing and OLAP. It discusses logical and physical design of data warehouses including star schema, snowflake schema, data marts, partitioning and materialised views. Students study the use of data warehouses through a study of the OLAP technology including the multidimensional OLAP (MOLAP) and relational OLAP (ROLAP) architectures, OLAP operations and structured query language (SQL) support for OLAP.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand that discovering and extracting knowledge from a massive amount of data is a key problem in many scientific and business disciplines; (2) demonstrate a thorough understanding of key data warehousing and online analytical processing technologies; and (3) apply key data warehousing concepts in designing solutions for business data analytics.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two project assignments and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sirui Li
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62510 Master of Information Technology
or 62530 Master of Data Science
or 42630 Master of Business Analytics
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
and CITS1402 Relational Database Management Systems
BUSN5101 Programming for Business
and INMT5526 Business Intelligence
CITS3401 Data Warehousing
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours per week

To be advised by the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

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