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Unit details

SIT772 - Database and Information Retrieval

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 2
Previously coded as:SCC772
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

G Li

Incompatible with: MSC703
Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour lecture per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week

Note:

Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.

Content

The unit will cover two important foundational but related methods for capturing, representing, storing, organising, and retrieving structured, unstructured or loosely structured information.  Firstly, the unit will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of data modeling and of database technology.  The relational data model will be presented and the functionality provided by implementations of it will be studied.  The process of constructing database tables and related entities will be explored in depth.  Important concepts such as transactions, recovery and concurrency will be presented.  Secondly, we will develop the understanding of information retrieval: the process of indexing and retrieving text documents.  However, the field of Information Retrieval includes almost any type of unstructured or semi-structured data.  Information Retrieval is a critical aspect of Web search engines.  We will provide students with an intuition for how search engines work, why they are successful, and to some degree how they fail.

Assessment

Examination 60%, two assignments (20% each) 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Student Contribution Rate***Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$969$969$969$2493$2786

* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
**** Fee rate for students who commenced studies from 2005
***** Fee rate for students who commenced studies from 2006
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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