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SIT772 - Database and Information Retrieval


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Jianxin Li
Trimester 3: Imran Razzak
Trimester 2: Imran Razzak




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour face-to-face workshop per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour online seminar per fortnight.


Students enrolled in S778, S779, S735, S536, S635, and S737 are not eligible to enrol in the following units:

SIT771 Object-Orientated Development
SIT772 Database and Information Retrieval
SIT773 Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling
SIT774 Web Technologies and Development


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 focus on the fundamentals of data modelling and database technology. The relational data model will be investigated and the process of constructing database tables and related entities will be explored in depth. The second focus of the unit is information retrieval: the process of indexing and retrieving text documents. As a critical aspect of Web search engines, the field of Information Retrieval includes almost any type of unstructured or semi-structured data. Students will explore how search engines work, why they are successful, and to some degree how they fail.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain the difference between data and information and the difference between a traditional multiple- file system and a database.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Apply the concept of data modelling and use Entity-Relationship (ER) models to represent/data.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Design and implement relational database systems through the use of SQL.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Compare the difference between information retrieval technologies and justify the use of a particular one over another for a given scenario.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate information retrieval skills in the context of a data processing system.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Database Design and Implementation Report Written report 30% Week 7
Information Retrieval Techniques Problem solving task Written responses to problem scenarios 30% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 40% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SIT772 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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