Academic Organisation: School of Information and Communication Technology
Faculty: Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Credit point value: 10
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Course level: Postgraduate
Campus/Location/Learning Mode: Gold Coast / On Campus / In Person
Convenor/s: Dr Bela Stantic (Gold Coast)
Enrolment Restrictions: Nil
This document was last updated: 18 June 2009
BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course teaches the students how to effectively and efficiently manage the operations of typical
commercial Object-Relational Database Management Systems. The course covers system structure, data
definition language, data command language, database security and database integrity. Also considered
are storage management issues and methods of storage control. Emerging technologies, paradigms and
business requirements are also investigated, as to the effect they have on database administration
direction. Students will learn through hands-on experience with a commercial database management
system. You must have studied Database Design or equivalent course to be able to successfully study
this course. If you do not satisfy this requirement, you need to enroll to 7003ICT Database Design course
before you attempt to study this course.
SECTION A – TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
This course teaches the students how to effectively and efficiently manage the operations of
typical commercial Object-Relational Database Management Systems. The course covers system
structure, data definition language, data command language, database security and database integrity.
Also considered are storage management issues and methods of storage control. Emerging technologies,
paradigms and business requirements are also investigated, as to the effect they have on database
administration direction. Students will learn through hands-on experience with a commercial database
At the completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Have a good appreciation of the role of database administrators in an
2. Utilize the tools available in a commercial database (Oracle) to carry out
3. Understand the system and data structures of RDBMS,
4. Evaluate database security requirements and apply controls utilising the inherent database
5. Meaningfully discuss the evolving technologies and organisational requirements as they
apply to the databases,
CONTENT, ORGANISATION AND TEACHING STRATEGIES
There are two hours lectures and two hours tutorial/laboratory works over the thirteen weeks. Generally,
lectures cover the basic fundamentals and principles of the course topics, while the tutorial/laboratory
sessions serve as problem solving areas, with specified problems being set for each week's work.
Attendance at lectures and tutorials/laboratories are strongly encouraged.
The tutorials will enable students to apply practically the concepts presented in the lectures and will
support assignment work.
The following topics will be covered by one or more lectures.
Overall structure and individual components of the RDBMS
Processes within database operation and their purpose
Controlling the availability and maintenance of the database.
Schema refinements, implementation design and physical design
Role of data dictionary / directory systems in database design, development
and maintenance tasks.
Utilization of the tools available in commercial RDBMS (Oracle) to carry out
database administration and optimisation
Database security requirements and controls and the methods of designing
for ease of maintenance
Evolving technologies and multi database configurations
Summary of Assessment
Item Assessment Length Weighting Total Relevant Due Day and Time
Task Marks Learning
1. Written ~2000 words 10% 10 1, 5, 6 Week 4
2. Programming Presentation 30% 30 2, 3, 4, 9 Week 12
Project 15 min/per
3. Final Exam 2 hrs 60% 60 All Exam Period
To be eligible for a passing grade in this course, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 50%
and achieve a satisfactory standard in the final exam. The exam is conventional style, non-open book.
The Written assignment tests the student's understanding of the principles of Web Enabled Databases.
The Programming project assignment involves teamwork, with a project team of 3 members. The
Programming project tests the ability of the team to analyze, design and implement a web enabled
database system. It assesses students’ competence in practically using the specified techniques to
implement a solution to a database management problem. While it is envisaged that under normal
circumstances, the same mark will be allocated to each group member of the above teams, in the event
that a team member does not contribute equitably to a particular project, that team member can be given a
The final exam, closed book, assesses the ability of each student to individually demonstrate his/her
competence in and mastery of the course with emphasis placed on theory content.
All assessment will be judged according to the set criteria for that assessment item as published on the
Learning@Griffith site under the Assessment section. Feedback comments and a mark or standard will be
given for each assessment item. Feedback for the programming project will be provided within 2 weeks via
a sample solution to be made available on the course website.
Assessment Submissions and Returns
All assessment should be submitted to the provided assignment box as directed on the course website.
You should keep a copy of all material handed in for marking. Information about how to collect uncollected
assessment items will be posted on the Learning@Griffith site in week 13.
Effective communication (written)
Effective communication (oral)
Effective communication (interpersonal)
Work in teams
Creativity and innovation
Ethical behaviour in social / professional / work environments
Responsible, effective citizenship
Convenor Details Gold Coast
Campus Convenor Dr Bela Stantic
Office Location G09 1.53
Phone 555 28761
Fax 555 28066
Consultation times Will be specified on the course Learning@Griffith web-site
Additional teaching team members
Lecturer and Tutor: TBA
Students will be able to communicate with the course Convenor and teaching staff at the time and place
specified on the course Learning Griffith web site. All-important announcements will be listed on the course
This course will be taught in Mode B – Web Dependent in that all lectures and tutorials will be available on
TEXTS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS
Oracle 10g Database Administrator: Implementation and Administration,
Gavin Pawell, Thomson Course Technology, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-4188-3665-8
Additional course support materials will be provided on-line at Learning@Griffith course website.
SECTION B – ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
Students should refer to the Learning@Griffith website for further information about this course.
SECTION C – KEY UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
Students must conduct their studies at the University honestly, ethically and in accordance with accepted
standards of academic conduct. Any form of academic conduct that is contrary to these standards is
academic misconduct and is unacceptable.
Some students engage deliberately in academic misconduct, with intent to deceive. This conscious, pre-
mediated form of cheating is one of the worst forms of fraudulent academic behaviour, for which the
University has zero tolerance and for which penalties, including exclusion from the University, will be
However the University recognises many students commit academic misconduct without intent to deceive.
These students may be required to undertake additional educational activities to remediate their behaviour.
Specifically it is academic misconduct for a student to:
• Cheat in examinations and tests by communicating, or attempting to communicate, with a fellow
individual who is neither an invigilator or member of staff; by copying, or attempting to copy from a
fellow candidate; attempting to introduce or consult during the examination, any unauthorised
printed or written material, or electronic calculating or information storage device; or mobile
phones or other communication device, or impersonates another.
• Fabricate results by claiming to have carried out tests, experiments or observations that have not
taken place or by presenting results not supported by the evidence with the object of obtaining an
• Misrepresent themselves by presenting an untrue statement or not disclosing where there is a
duty to disclose in order to create a false appearance or identity.
• Plagiarise by representing the work of another as their own original work, without appropriate
acknowledgement of the author or the source. This category of cheating includes the following:
1. collusion, where a piece of work prepared by a group is represented as if it were the student's
2. acquiring or commissioning a piece of work, which is not his/her own and representing it as if it
purchasing a paper from a commercial service, including internet sites, whether pre-written
or specially prepared for the student concerned
submitting a paper written by another person, either by a fellow student or a person who is
not a member of the University;
3. duplication of the same or almost identical work for more than one assessment item;
4. copying ideas, concepts, research data, images, sounds or text;
5. paraphrasing a paper from a source text, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, without
6. cutting or pasting statements from multiple sources or piecing together work of others and
representing them as original work;
7. submitting, as one own work, all or part of another student's work, even with the student's
knowledge or consent.
A student who willingly assists another student to plagiarise (for example by willingly giving them their
own work to copy from) is also breaching academic integrity, and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Visit the following web sites for further details:
Institutional Framework for Promoting Academic Integrity among Students
Academic integrity for students
PLAGIARISM DETECTION SOFTWARE
The University uses plagiarism detection software. Students should be aware that your Course Convenor
may use this software to check submitted assignments. If this is the case your Course Convenor will
provide more detailed information about how the detection software will be used for individual assessment
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Griffith University is committed to providing a safe work and study environment, however all students, staff
and visitors have an obligation to ensure the safety of themselves and those whose safety may be affected
by their actions. Staff in control of learning activities will ensure as far as reasonably practical, that those
activities are safe and that all safety obligations are being met. Students are required to comply with all
safety instructions and are requested to report safety concerns to the University.
General health and safety information can be obtained from
Information about Laboratory safety can be obtained from
KEY STUDENT-RELATED POLICIES
All University policy documents are accessible to students via the University’s Policy Library website at:
www.griffith.edu.au/policylibrary. Links to key policy documents are included below for easy reference:
Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy
Examinations Timetabling Policy and Procedures
Guideline on Student E-Mail
Health and Safety Policy
Institutional Framework for Promoting Academic Integrity Among Students
Policy on Student Grievances and Appeals
Student Administration Policy
UNIVERSITY SUPPORT RESOURCES
The University provides many facilities and support services to assist students in their studies. Links to
information about University support resources available to students are included below for easy
Learning Centres - the University provides access to common use computing facilities for educational
purposes. For details visit www.griffith.edu.au/cuse
Learning@Griffith - there is a dedicated website for this course via the Learning@Griffith student portal.
Student Services facilitate student access to and success at their academic studies. Student Services
includes: Careers and Employment Service; Chaplaincy; Counselling Service; Health Service; Student
Equity Services (incorporating the Disabilities Service); and the Welfare Office.
Learning Services within the Division of Information Services provides learning support in three skill areas:
computing skills; library skills; and academic skills. The study skills resources on the website include self-
help tasks focusing on critical thinking, exam skills, note taking, preparing presentations, referencing,
writing, proof reading, and time management.