Introduction to Database Systems

Unit code: NIT1201 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Sydney
BCO1102 - Information Systems for Business
BCO1102 only applies to students for BMAISM and BMIISM.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces fundamental concepts and principles of database and explains its role and purpose in information system design and analysis. Students gain mastery of standard techniques to identify system requirements and design a simple database system. Content includes: systems concepts; role of the analyst; Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), process modelling, Entity-Relationship (ER) modelling; relational database design using ER and Extended ER modelling, SQL (Structured Query Language), normalisation; and database management systems (DBMS).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the benefits and functions of databases and their applications;
  2. Design a database using key relational database model concepts;
  3. Develop and apply entity relationships (ER) and extended entity relationships (EER) diagrams;
  4. Implement a relational database with multiple tables using a relational DBMS;
  5. Apply query languages and manage a database using SQL; and
  6. Normalise relations in a relational database system.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Presentation - group of three (3) (15 minutes)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Assignment - group of three (3)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Closed Book concept evaluation (1 hour)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Closed book problem solving test (1 hour)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 20%
Practical Lab Test (2 hours)

Required reading

Database Systems: Design, Implementation & Management
Coronel, C. & Morris, S. (2019)| Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1-337-62790-0

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