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Demonstrate your essential skills and breakthrough insights in developing and maintaining the next wave of mission-critical environments. Earning a MCSA: SQL Server certification will qualify you for a position as a database developer or database analyst. It provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines, namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence.


  • Anyone pursuing MCSA SQL Server certification.
  • Anyone interested in learning the new features and data capabilities of SQL Server or SQL Server.
  • Any Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals who wish to sharpen their skillset.
  • Anyone responsible for report writing, business analysis and client application development.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite for this course would be working knowledge if relational databases and a basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.

Lab equipments available

  • Windows Server 2012 PC
  • VMWare


Module 1:   Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio

Module 2: Getting Started with SQL Azure

  • Overview of SQL Azure
  • Working with SQL Azure

Module 3: Introduction to T-SQL Querying

  • Introducing T-SQL
  • Understanding Sets
  • Understanding Predicate Logic
  • Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements

Module 4: Writing SELECT Queries

  • Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  • Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
  • Writing Simple CASE Expressions

Module 5: Querying Multiple Tables

  • Understanding Joins
  • Querying with Inner Joins
  • Querying with Outer Joins

Module 6: Sorting and Filtering Data

  • Sorting Data
  • Filtering Data with a WHERE Clause
  • Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
  • Working with Unknown and Missing Values

Module 7: Working with SQL Server 2012 Data Types

  • Introducing SQL Server 2012 Data Types
  • Working with Character Data
  • Working with Date and Time Data

Module 8: Using Built-In Functions.

  • Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
  • Using Conversion Functions
  • Using Logical Functions
  • Using Functions to Work with NULL

Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data

  • Using Aggregate Functions
  • Using the GROUP BY Clause
  • Filtering Groups with HAVING

Module 10: Using Subqueries

  • Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  • Writing Correlated Subqueries
  • Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries

Module 11: Using Table Expressions.

  • Using Derived Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions
  • Using Views
  • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions

Module 12: Using Set Operators

  • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  • Using APPLY

Module 13: Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions

  • Creating Windows with OVER
  • Exploring Window Functions

Module 14: Pivoting and Grouping Sets

  • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  • Working with Grouping Sets

Module 15: Querying SQL Server Metadata

  • Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
  • Executing System Stored Procedures
  • Querying Dynamic Management Objects

Module 16: Executing Stored Procedures

  • Querying Data with Stored Procedures
  • Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
  • Creating Simple Stored Procedures
  • Working with Dynamic SQL

Module 17: Programming with T-SQL

  • T-SQL Programming Elements
  • Controlling Program Flow

Module 18: Implementing Error Handling

  • Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
  • Working with Error Information

Module 19: Implementing Transactions

  • Transactions and the Database Engine
  • Controlling Transactions

Module 20: Improving Query Performance

  • Factors in Query Performance
  • Displaying Query Performance Data
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