Course Description

Folded triangular matrix with red on one side and grey on the other above the words Microsoft SQL Server in black


Many organizations use databases to store their most critical information: the information that manages their day-to-day operations. After the data is stored in databases, however, it is useless unless you can retrieve it for further business analysis. One example of a database management system is Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The language you use to retrieve information from SQL Server 2012 databases is the Structured Query Language (SQL). This course, SQL Querying: Fundamentals, will teach you to use SQL as a tool to retrieve the information you need from databases.

Course Outline

  • 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 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

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this program, you 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 the data obtained from a query before it is displayed on-screen
  • Retrieve data from multiple tables
  • Export the results of a query


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

Basic end-user computer skills and some familiarity with database terminology and structure are required. 

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