Database Systems

Subject 433-351 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures and approximately 11 hours of tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available

433-253 Algorithms and Data Structures and 433-255 Logic and Computation.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof James Bailey
Subject Overview: Topics covered include data models: relational, deductive, object-oriented, network, hierarchical, semantic; database design; relation normalisation; query languages including SQL; integrity; security; concurrency; query processing and optimisation; and implementation of data models and database languages.

On completion of this subject students should understand the fundamentals of database systems, including data modelling and database design; understand the languages and facilities provided by database systems; and understand the implementation of database systems.


A half-hour mid-semester test (10%); project work during semester, expected to take about 36 hours (30%); and one 3-hour end-of-semester written examination (60%). To pass the subject, students must obtain at least 50% overall, 15/30 in project work, and 30/60 in the written examination.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • be able to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large

  • have an in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • be able to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution


Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Credit may not be gained for 433-351 Database Systems and 433-258 Database Systems for Engineers and/or 615-230 Database Concepts and/or 615-330 Advanced Concepts in Database.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)
Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Computer Science
Computer Science Major

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