Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)


This unit investigates the management of semi-structured data. The unit explores the modelling of semi-structured data in XML using XML Schema and the transformation of such data using XSLT. It looks at methods for storing, querying and updating semi-structured data in both native-XML and object-relational database management systems and the design issues involved.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the differences between structured and semi-structured data;
  • know how to manage data that is not be appropriately modelled by the relational model;
  • be able to design data repositories for XML documents;
  • be able to apply appropriate technology to manage and transform XML data;
  • be able to use current DBMS to store, retrieve and update non-relational data;
  • appreciate strengths and weaknesses of object-relational and native XML DBMS for handling XML.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Recommended knowledge: Knowledge of relational database.

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