DBFN212/ BIT 208 The Design, Building, and Querying of a Relational Database

COURSE: Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of IT

Unit Code: DBFN212/ BIT 208
Unit Title: Database Fundamentals
Type of Assessment: Task3- Individual Project
Length/Duration: N/A
Unit Learning Outcomes addressed:
  • Design and build relational databases
  • Define views and formulate efficient queries using a query language and
  • Be knowledgeable about issues relating to data access and retrieval, storage, ethics and privacy
Submission Date: To be submitted in week 11
Assessment Task: The design, building, and querying of a relational database.
Total Mark: 30 Marks
Weighting: 30%


This assessment is an individual Project. The actual scenario for carrying out the following tasks will be available on Moodle by week 8.

Tasks to be Completed:

  • Create a complete ERD with entities and relationships using given scenario.
  • Convert the ERD to a set of relational tables in at least 3NF and draw a dependency diagram
  • Create a database using MICROSOFT ACESS- with primary keys, foreign keys, and other attributes mentioned for each entity using proper constraints.
  • Create a form to input/update data
  • Input some significant data in each table showing your understanding of the scenario.
  • Create three queries.
  • Create a report.


The assignment must be submitted online in Moodle. All materials MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats (e.g., pdf or MAC file) may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in MS Word. No paper based or hardcopy submission will be accepted.


Marking Criteria Lecturer Expectation Marks Comments
ERD Right diagrammatic representation of entities, attributes, identifiers, and relationships 10
Normalization Reflect understanding of dependencies and normalization. 4
Database, tables, keys, fields, and data Shows understanding of Microsoft Access as a relational DBMS and how it supports database design and implementation for relational databases. 5
Form Reflect understanding of database applications using MS Access tools. 3
Queries 5
Report 3
Total 30


Content for Assessment Task papers should incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion.

Appropriate academic writing and referencing are inevitable academic skills that you must develop and demonstrate in work being presented for assessment. The content of high quality work presented by a student must be fully referenced within-text citations and a Reference List at the end. Kent strongly recommends you refer to the Academic Learning Support Workshop materials available on the Kent Learning Management System (Moodle). For details please click the link http://moodle.kent.edu.au/kentmoodle/mod/folder/view.php?id=3606 and download the file titled “Harvard Referencing Workbook”. This Moodle Site is the location for Workbooks and information that are presented to Kent Students in the ALS Workshops conducted at the beginning of each Trimester.

Kent recommends a minimum of FIVE (5) references in work being presented for assessment. Unless otherwise specifically instructed by your Lecturer or as detailed in the Unit Outline for the specific Assessment Task, any paper with less than five (5) references may be deemed not meeting a satisfactory standard and possibly be failed.

Content in Assessment tasks that includes sources that are not properly referenced according to the “Harvard Referencing Workbook” will be penalised.

Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count if this is specifically stated for the Assessment Task in the Unit Outline. As a general rule there is an allowable discretionary variance to the word count in that it is generally accepted that a student may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.

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References are assessed for their quality. Students should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. The textbook for the Unit of study can be used as a reference, but not the Lecturer Notes. The Assessor will want to see evidence that a student is capable of conducting their own research. Also, in order to help Assessors determine a student’s understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number(s) if shown in the original. Before preparing your Assessment Task or own contribution, please review this ‘YouTube’ video (Avoiding Plagiarism through Referencing) by clicking on the following link: link: http://moodle.kent.edu.au/kentmoodle/mod/folder/view.php?id=3606

A search for peer-reviewed journal articles may also assist students. These type of journal articles can be located in the online journal databases and can be accessed from the Kent Library homepage. Wikipedia, online dictionaries and online encyclopaedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic, but should not be over-used – these should constitute no more than 10% of your total list of references/sources. Additional information and literature can be used where these are produced by legitimate sources, such as government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), or international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). Legitimate organisations and government departments produce peer reviewed reports and articles and are therefore very useful and mostly very current. The content of the following link explains why it is not acceptable to use non-peer reviewed websites (Why can't I just Google?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N39mnu1Pkgw
(thank you to La Trobe University for access to this video).

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