1013: Fundamentals of SQL Querying

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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.

Audience Profile

Individuals with basic computer skills, familiar with concepts related to database structure and terminology, and who want to use SQL to query databases

At Course Completion

After 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


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



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
    • Relational Databases Design (Second Edition)
    • Access: Designing a Database