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Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)

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Managing required information by storing and retrieving data is part of Database Administrators day-to-day activities. One of the most effective ways to manage required information is by using databases. You may need to manipulate and modify your table data based on changing business requirements. The course, Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying will help you use SQL Server 2012 as a tool to manage organizational data.

In today's competitive environment, information plays a vital role in determining the success of an organization. If you are able to effectively manage information, you can provide a competitive edge to your organization. Familiarizing yourself with database querying concepts will enable you to effectively manage your organizational data.

In this course, you will create queries to retrieve, add, update, and maintain your database data. You will also work with data sorting, built-in functions, stored procedures, subqueries, table operators, set operators, conditional operators, views, indexes, and error handling features of SQL Server 2012.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to write Transact-SQL queries in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

What you will learn::

  • Examine the fundamentals of SQL Server 2012.
  • Work with Transact-SQL.
  • Write SELECT queries.
  • Work with SQL data types.
  • Sort and filter data.
  • Query data from multiple tables.
  • Modify data.
  • Work with SQL Server built-in functions.
  • Write programs in T-SQL.
  • Implement stored procedures.
  • Work with subqueries and table expressions.
  • Work with set operators, conditional operators, and window functions.
  • Work with PIVOT, UNPIVOT, and Grouping Sets.
  • Manage error handling and transactions.
  • Query SQL Server system metadata.
  • Optimize query performance.
  • Work with SQL Azure.

Target Student:

This course is designed for Database Administrators, Database Developers and Business Intelligence professionals. This course will be attended by report writers, business analysts, and client application developers who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge in SQL Server 2012.
This course is also for students seeking the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: SQL Server certification and who want to prepare for Exam 70-461, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
To ensure your success in this course you should have some working knowledge of relational databases. You should also be comfortable working with the Microsoft Windows interface, and be able to use the core functionalities of Windows.
You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following course:

  • Introduction to Personal Computers Using Microsoft® Windows® 8.
  • Any database course.
  • Any rational database design course.

Course-specific Technical Requirements


For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor recommended
  • Internet access (optional)
  • Printer (optional) or an installed printer driver
  • Projection system to display the instructor's computer screen


  • Microsoft® Windows®  XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express Edition with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft® Silverlight®

Course Content

Lesson 1: Getting Started with SQL Server 2012
Topic A: Overview of SQL Server 2012
Topic B: Work with SSMS
Lesson 2: Working with T-SQL
Topic A: Overview of T-SQL
Topic B: Work with T-SQL Statements
Topic C: Manage SQL Server Constraints
Lesson 3: Writing SELECT Queries
Topic A: Write SELECT Statements
Topic B: Assign Aliases Using Queries
Topic C: Write CASE Expressions
Lesson 4: Working with SQL Data Types
Topic A: Work with String and Numeric Data Types
Topic B: Work with Date and Time Data Types
Topic C: Work with Binary Data Types
Topic D: Work with the XML Data Type
Lesson 5: Sorting and Filtering Data
Topic A: Sort the Queried Data
Topic B: Filter the Queried Results
Topic C: Work with Predicates
Topic D: Perform Advanced Filtering
Lesson 6: Querying Data from Multiple Tables
Topic A: Combine Data Using Simple Joins
Topic B: Create Queries Using Join Algorithms
Lesson 7: Modifying Data
Topic A: Insert Data
Topic B: Update Data
Topic C: Delete Data
Topic D: Merge Data
Lesson 8: Working with SQL Server Built-in Functions
Topic A: Create Queries Using Built-in Functions
Topic B: Create Queries to Test Nullability
Topic C: Group and Aggregate Data
Lesson 9: Programming in T-SQL
Topic A: Work with Variables and Batches
Topic B: Control Program Flow
Topic C: Manage Triggers
Topic D: Work with Data Access Technologies
Lesson 10: Implementing Stored Procedures
Topic A: Manage Stored Procedures
Topic B: Work with Dynamic SQL
Lesson 11: Working with Subqueries and Table Expressions
Topic A: Work with Subqueries
Topic B: Work with Table Expressions
Lesson 12: Working with Set Operators, Conditional Operators, and Window Functions
Topic A: Work with Set Operators
Topic B: Work with Window Functions
Topic C: Configure User-Defined Functions (UDF)
Topic D: Work with Advanced Functions
Lesson 13: Working with PIVOT, UNPIVOT, and Grouping Sets
Topic A: Work with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
Topic B: Work with Grouping Sets
Lesson 14: Managing Error Handling and Transactions
Topic A: Implement Error Handling
Topic B: Manage Transactions
Lesson 15: Querying SQL Server System Metadata
Topic A: Work with System Databases
Topic B: Work with SSPs and SMOs
Topic C: Work with System Catalog Views
Lesson 16: Optimizing Query Performance
Topic A: Manage Query Plans
Topic B: Configure Indexes
Topic C: Manage Views
Topic D: Analyze Data from Query Plans
Lesson 17: Working with Windows Azure SQL Database
Topic A: Overview of WASD
Topic B: Work with WASD
Appendix A: Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)
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Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)
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Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)
5 Hours a Day 4 Days a Week
Guaranteed to Run (GTR)
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Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)
5 Hours a Day 4 Days a Week
to Run (GTR)
Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)
5 Hours a Day 4 Days a Week
to Run (GTR)
Microsoft SQL Server 2012: Database Querying (Exam 70-461)
5 Hours a Day 4 Days a Week
to Run (GTR)