SQL Querying - Fundamentals

Course Code: SQLF   Duration: 1 Day   Price: £395+VAT

Many organisations 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.


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.

Learning Objectives

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.
  • Organise the data obtained from a query before it is displayed on-screen.
  • Retrieve data from multiple tables.
  • Export the results of a query.

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

Course Contents

Executing a Simple Query

  • Connect to a SQL Database
  • Query a Database
  • Save a Query
  • Modify and Execute a Query

Performing a Conditional Search

  • Search using one or more Conditions
  • Search for a Range of Values and Null Values
  • Retrieve Data based on Patterns

Working with Functions

  • Perform Data Calculations
  • Calculate Data using Aggregate Functions
  • Manipulate String Values

Organising Data

  • Sort Data
  • Rank Data
  • Group Data
  • Filter Grouped Data
  • Summarise Grouped Data
  • Use PIVOT and UNPIVOT Operators

Retrieving Data From Tables

  • Combine Results of Two Queries
  • Compare Results of Two Queries
  • Retrieve Data by Joining Tables

Exporting Query Results

  • Generate a Text File
  • Generate an XML File

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