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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Relational Database Design and Querying Fundamentals

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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Relational Database Design and Querying Fundamentals

This 2 day course provides a foundation for designing, building and working with relational databases, enabling students to effectively develop and use relational databases in a business environment.

The training will focus on the fundamentals of relational database design to facilitate a better understanding of how data is stored, queried, and manipulated. That said, sufficient material will be covered to enable delegates to create meaningful and usable databases in the workplace. The course will be useful to anyone wanting to know the basics of relational database design concepts, and will include coverage of such concepts as primary and foreign keys, constraints, entity relationships, data normalisation, creating databases, creating and managing tables, and native SQL Server datatypes.

To facilitate the learning process and augment the theory, students will get the opportunity to design a practical working database, with plenty of hands-on exercises to implement the design.

In the latter sections of the course, students will also get the chance to write some basic queries to acquaint them with the foundations of the Structured Query Language (SQL). No previous knowledge of the SQL language is assumed.

This course serves as an ideal precursor to any of following courses.

Students should be familiar with working in a Microsoft Windows operating system environment. Additionally, knowledge of basic programming concepts would be helpful, but not essential.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Know how to Analyse Business Requirements
  • Map a Database Design to Business Requirements
  • Design and Build a Relational Database
  • Understand Entity Relationships
  • Understand Primary and Foreign Keys
  • Understand and Implement Constraints
  • Normalise Data to Improve Data Management
  • Understand the purpose of the SQL Server Database Engine
  • Work with the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) Client Tool
  • Create a Database
  • Create and Manage Tables and Columns
  • Write Basic SELECT Queries to Retrieve Data from a Database
  • Write Basic Data Modification Statements

1. Course Overview

Defining the Objectives for the Course

The Sample Database Project


2. Analysing the Requirements

Analysing Current Business Data

Identifying New Client Requirements

Determine the Required Data Fields

Group Fields into Tables

Identify Key Fields


3. The Design Process

Create a Preliminary Entity Relationship Diagram

Describe Relationships

Resolving Many-to-Many Relationships

Implementing First, Second, and Third Normal Form

Higher Normal Forms

Refining the Design


4. Introduction to SQL Server

Overview of Microsoft SQL Server

Introducing SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Creating the Sample Database


5. Database Design Implementation

Native SQL Server Data Types

Creating Tables and Columns

Implementing Key Fields and Constraints

Examining other Column Properties

Creating a Database Diagram

Managing Tables

Introduction to SQL Server Indexes


6. Querying Data

ANSI and ISO SQL Standards

Categories of SQL Statements

Querying Data with the SELECT Statement

Filtering Rows of Data with a WHERE Clause

Examining Basic Table Joins


7. Modifying Data

Adding Rows of Data with the INSERT Statement

Modifying Rows of Data with the UPDATE Statement

Deleting Rows of Data with the DELETE Statement