Faculty of Information Technology

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Evening)


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.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain differences between structured and semi-structured data;
  2. evaluate data management requirements and identify situations that can not be appropriately modeled with the relational data model;
  3. create data repositories for XML documents by applying the concepts of schemas and namespaces in a case study;
  4. apply transformation languages for transforming and repurposing XML data;
  5. apply query languages for navigating and querying an XML data store;
  6. use current Database Management Systems (DBMS) to store, retrieve and update non-relational data;
  7. compare and describe strengths and weaknesses of object-relational and native XML DBMS for handling XML.


Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)


Recommended knowledge: Knowledge of relational database.

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