FIT5137 - Database analysis and processing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


This unit looks at the design and implementation issues of database management systems. Advanced database design using multi-dimensional database design and semi-structured database design are explored. Online analytical query language will be explored in the context of multi-dimensional database design. Query optimisation and tuning will be explored, as well as semi-structure database design and query processing.


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

  1. design multi-dimensional databases;
  2. use fact and dimensional modelling;
  3. implement online analytical query language;
  4. explain query optimisation and its impact on multi-dimensional design.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Study schedule for off-campus students:
    • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.
  3. 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)


(FIT9132 or FIT5132 or FIT9003 or FIT9019) or equivalent

Knowledge of relational database principles, including SQL.



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