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Detailed Course Curriculum - 70-461 Exam

About this Microsoft Exam 70-461 course

This 3.5 weeks instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. The main purpose of the course is to prepare people for the exam "70-461: Writing Queries Using Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Transact-SQL." This exam will be the underlying exam for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. As such, the primary target audience for this course is: Database Administrators, Database Developers and BI professionals..

Note:This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

Audience profile

This course is intended for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals. The course will very likely be well attended by SQL power users who aren’t necessarily database-focused or plan on taking the exam; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

 

 

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014This module introduces the SQL Server platform and major tools. It discusses editions, versions, tools used to query, documentation sources, and the logical structure of databases.Lessons

Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Tools

After completing this module, you will be able to:

 

Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying This module introduces Transact SQL as the primary querying language of SQL Server. It discusses the basic structure of T-SQL queries, the logical flow of a SELECT statement, and introduces concepts such as predicates and set-based operations.Lessons

Lab : Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries This module introduces the fundamentals of the SELECT statement, focusing on queries against a single table.Lessons

Lab : Writing Basic SELECT Statements

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables This module explains how to write queries which combine data from multiple sources in SQL Server. The module introduces the use of JOINs in T-SQL queries as a mechanism for retrieving data from multiple tables.Lessons

Lab : Querying Multiple Tables

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data This module explains how to enhance queries to limit the rows they return, and to control the order in which the rows are displayed. The module also discusses how to resolve missing and unknown results.Lessons

Lab : Sorting and Filtering Data

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 6: Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types This module explains the data types SQL Server uses to store data. It introduces the many types of numeric and special-use data types. It also explains conversions between data types, and the importance of type precedence.Lessons

Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data This module describes the use of Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language to perform inserts, updates, and deletes to your data.Lessons

Lab : Using DML to Modify Data

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 8: Using Built-In Functions This module introduces the use of functions that are built in to SQL Server Denali, and will discuss some common usages including data type conversion, testing for logical results and nullability.Lessons

Lab : Using Built-In Functions

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data This module introduces methods for grouping data within a query, aggregating the grouped data and filtering groups with HAVING. The module is designed to help the student grasp why a SELECT clause has restrictions placed upon column naming in the GROUP BY clause as well as which columns may be listed in the SELECT clause.Lessons

Lab : Grouping and Aggregating Data

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 10: Using Subqueries This module will introduce the use of subqueries in various parts of a SELECT statement. It will include the use of scalar and multi-result subqueries, and the use of the IN and EXISTS operators.Lessons

Lab : Using Subqueries

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 11: Using Table Expressions This module introduces T-SQL expressions which return a valid relational table, typically for further use in the query. The module discusses views, derived tables, common table expressions and inline table-valued functions.Lessons

Lab : Using Table Expressions

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 12: Using Set Operators This module introduces the set operators UNION, INTERSECT, and EXCEPT to compare rows between two input sets Lessons

Lab : Using Set Operators

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 13: Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions This module introduces window functions including ranking, aggregate and offset functions. Much of this functionality is new to SQL Server 2012. It will cover the use of T-SQL functions such as ROW_NUMBER, RANK, DENSE_RANK, NTILE, LAG, LEAD, FIRST_VALUE and LAST_VALUE to perform calculations against a set, or window, of rows.Lessons

Lab : Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 14: Pivoting and Grouping Sets This module discusses techniques for pivoting data in T-SQL as well to introduce the fundamentals of the GROUPING SETS clause. It will also cover the use of GROUP BY ROLLUP and GROUP BY CUBE syntax in SQL Server.Lessons

Lab : Pivoting and Grouping Sets

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 15: Querying data with Stored Procedures This module introduces the use of existing stored procedures in a T-SQL querying environment. It discusses the use of EXECUTE, how to pass input and output parameters to a procedure, and how to invoke system stored procedures.Lessons

Lab : Executing Stored Procedures

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 16: Programming with T-SQL This module provides a basic introduction to T-SQL programming concepts and objects. It discusses batches, variables, control of flow elements such as loops and conditionals, how to create and execute dynamic SQL statements, and how to use synonyms.Lessons

Lab : Programming with T-SQL

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 17: Implementing Error Handling This module introduces the use of error handlers in T-SQL code. It will introduce the difference between compile errors and run-time errors, and will cover how errors affect batches. The module will also cover how to control error handling using TRY/CATCH blocks, the use of the ERROR class of functions, and the use of the new THROW statement.Lessons

Lab : Implementing Error Handling

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 18: Implementing Transactions This module introduces the concepts of transaction management in SQL Server. It will provide a high-level overview of transaction properties, cover the basics of marking transactions with BEGIN, COMMIT and ROLLBACK.Lessons

Lab : Implementing Transactions

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 19: Appendix 1: Improving Query Performance This module presents several key guidelines for writing well-performing queries, as well as ways to monitor the execution of your queries and their impact on Microsoft SQL Server Lessons

Lab : Improving Query Performance

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Module 20: Appendix 2: Querying SQL Server Metadata SQL Server provides access to structured metadata by using a variety of mechanisms, such as system catalog views, system functions, dynamic management objects, and system stored procedures. In this module, you will learn how to write queries to return system metadata using these mechanisms.Lessons

Lab : Querying SQL Server Metadata

After completing this module, you will be able to:

 

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