Fundamentals of SQL Querying (MA-1013)

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About this Course

In this 2-day instructor led course students will learn what SQL is and how it can help them query a database to answer business questions. This course will combine instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities. Students will learn how to use SQL statements to query a database. Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning.

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • connect to the SQL Server database and execute a simple query
  • include a search condition in a simple query
  • use various functions to perform calculations on data
  • organize data obtained from a query before it is displayed on-screen
  • retrieve data from tables
  • format an output, save a result, and generate a report


Before attending this course, students should have:
  • Basic end-user computer skills and some familiarity with database terminology and structure are required
  • The following courses or equivalent knowledge and skills are highly recommended:
    • Windows XP Professional: Level 1
    • Windows XP Professional: Level 2
    • Microsoft Windows Vista: Level 1
    • Microsoft Windows Vista: Level 2
    • Relational Databases Design (Second Edition)
    • Access 2003: Designing a Database

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Executing a Simple Query

  • Topic 1A: Connect to the SQL Database
  • Topic 1B: Query a Database
  • Topic 1C: Save a Query
  • Topic 1D: Modify a Query
  • Topic 1E: Execute a Saved Query

Lesson 2: Performing a Conditional Search

  • Topic 2A: Search Using a Simple Condition
  • Topic 2B: Compare Column Values
  • Topic 2C: Search Using Multiple Conditions
  • Topic 2D: Search for a Range of Values and Null Values
  • Topic 2E: Retrieve Data Based on Patterns

Lesson 3: Working with Functions

  • Topic 3A: Perform Date Calculations
  • Topic 3B: Calculate Data Using Aggregate Functions
  • Topic 3C: Manipulate String Values

Lesson 4: Organizing Data

  • Topic 4A: Sort Data
  • Topic 4B: Rank Data
  • Topic 4C: Group Data
  • Topic 4D: Filter Grouped Data
  • Topic 4E: Summarize Grouped Data
  • Topic 4F: Use PIVOT and UNPIVOT Operators

Lesson 5: Retrieving Data from Tables

  • Topic 5A: Combine Results of Two Queries
  • Topic 5B: Compare the Results of Two Queries
  • Topic 5C: Retrieve Data by Joining Tables
  • Topic 5D: Check for Unmatched Records
  • Topic 5E: Retrieve Information from a Single Table Using Joins

Lesson 6: Presenting Query Results

  • Topic 6A: Save the Query Result
  • Topic 6B: Generate an XML Report

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