Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Evening)


Management of semi-structured data. The unit looks at the limitation of current relational based DBMS in handling XML. Explore the concept of modelling XML using XML Schema and retrieving it using XSLT. Design issues in creating native XML database. Exploring the approaches taken by current relational DBMS in storing and retrieving XML-based data.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • have the knowledge of managing data that may not be appropriately modelled and implemented as relational model;
  • be able to design data repository for XML documents;
  • be able to apply appropriate technology to manage XML data;
  • be able to use current DBMS to store and retrieve non-relational data such as XML and multimedia;
  • appreciate the strength and weaknesses of several approaches such as object relational, native XML and object oriented DBMS in handling the XML and multimedia database.


Examination: 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mark Carman

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


Recommended knowledge: Knowledge of relational database.

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