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SQL: Fundamentals of Querying

SS Course: 3993421

Course Overview


Organizations typically store their most critical information—the information used to manage day-to-day operations—within a database. The ability to retrieve and analyze this information is essential to the functioning of the organization. Structured Query Language (SQL) is the primary language used to accomplish such tasks. Essentially, SQL is the language you use to interact with a database.

The ability to write SQL is an essential job skill for those who need to manage large volumes of data, produce reports, mine data, or combine data from multiple sources. Even if someone else on your team creates reports for you, having a fundamental understanding of SQL querying will help you ask the right questions and know what you're looking for in your data analysis tools.

This course, SQL Querying: Fundamentals (Second Edition), will teach you to use SQL as a tool to retrieve the information you need from databases.


Scheduled Classes

05/13/24 - HC1 - Virtual Instructor-Led - Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
07/01/24 - HD2 - Virtual Instructor-Led - Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
08/19/24 - HA2 - Virtual Instructor-Led - Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)

What You'll Learn


In this course, you will compose SQL queries to retrieve desired information from a database.

You will:

  • 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 the data obtained from a query before it is displayed onscreen.
  • Retrieve data from multiple tables.
  • Export the results of a query.


Viewing outline for:

Lesson 1: Executing a Simple Query

 Topic A: Connect to the SQL Database

 Topic B: Query a Database

 Topic C: Save a Query

 Topic D: Modify and Execute a Saved Query


Lesson 2: Performing a Conditional Search

 Topic A: Search Using One or More Conditions

 Topic B: Search for a Range of Values and NULL Values

 Topic C: Search Data Based on String Patterns


Lesson 3: Working with Functions

 Topic A: Perform Date Calculations

 Topic B: Calculate Data Using Aggregate Functions

 Topic C: Manipulate String Values


Lesson 4: Organizing Data

 Topic A: Sort Data

 Topic B: Rank Data

 Topic C: Group Data

 Topic D: Filter Grouped Data

 Topic E: Summarize Grouped Data

 Topic F: Use PIVOT and UNPIVOT Operators


Lesson 5: Retrieving Data from Multiple Tables

 Topic A: Combine the Results of Two Queries

 Topic B: Compare the Results of Two Queries

 Topic C: Retrieve Data by Joining Tables


Lesson 6: Exporting Query Results

 Topic A: Generate a Text File

 Topic B: Generate an XML File


Appendix A: The Pub1 Database



Basic end-user computer skills and some familiarity with database terminology and structure are required. Completion of one of the following Logical Operations courses or equivalent knowledge and skill is highly recommended:

  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10: Transition from Windows® 7

    Who Should Attend


    This course is intended for individuals with basic computer skills, familiar with concepts related to database structure and terminology, who want to use SQL to query databases.

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