20461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server® 2014
11/15/2021 - 11/19/2021


COURSE COST: $2495.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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This course provides students with the technical skills required to write Transact-SQL queries for MS SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; Database Administration, Database Development & Business Intelligence.

At Course Completion

  • Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
  • Understand the similarities & differences between Transact-SQL & other computer languages.
  • Write SELECT queries
  • Query multiple tables
  • Sort & filter data
  • Describe the use of data types in SQL Server
  • Modify data using Transact-SQL
  • Use built-in functions
  • Group & aggregate data
  • Use subqueries
  • Use table expressions
  • Use set operators
  • Use window ranking, offset & aggregate functions
  • Implement pivoting and grouping sets
  • Execute stored procedures
  • Program with T-SQL
  • Implement error handling
  • Implement transactions.


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 & client app developers..

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Some experience with database design.


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware. Course is subject to minimum enrollment to run. Course may run as a virtual instructor led class if the minimum enrollment is not met. If you have any questions, please contact learn@vtec.org or call 207.775.0244.


Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2014 Database Administration
The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
SQL Server Editions and Versions
Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Tools

Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying
Introducing T-SQL
Understanding Sets
Understanding Predicate Logic
Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
Lab : Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying

Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries
Writing Simple SELECT Statements
Eliminate Duplicates with DISTINCT
Using Column and Table Aliases
Write Simple CASE Expressions
Lab : Writing Basic SELECT Statements

Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables
Understanding Joins
Querying with Inner Joins
Querying with Outer Joins
Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
Lab : Querying Multiple Tables

Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data
Sorting Data
Filtering Data with Predicates
Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH
Working with Unknown Values
Lab : Sorting and Filtering Data

Module 6: Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
Working with Character Data
Working with Date and Time Data
Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types

Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data
Inserting Data
Modifying and Deleting Data
Lab : Using DML to Modify 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
Lab : Using Built-In Functions

Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data
Using Aggregate Functions
Using the GROUP BY Clause
Filtering Groups with HAVING
Lab : Grouping and Aggregating Data

Module 10: Using Subqueries
Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
Writing Correlated Subqueries
Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
Lab : Using Subqueries

Module 11: Using Table Expressions
Using Views
Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
Using Derived Tables
Using Common Table Expressions
Lab : Using Table Expressions

Module 12: Using Set Operators
Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
Lab : Using Set Operators

Module 13: Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
Creating Windows with OVER
Exploring Window Functions
Lab : Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions/b>

Module 14: Pivoting and Grouping Sets
Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
Working with Grouping Sets
Lab : Pivoting and Grouping Sets

Module 15: Querying data with Stored Procedures
Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
Creating Simple Stored Procedures
Working with Dynamic SQL
Lab : Executing Stored Procedures

Module 16: Programming with T-SQL
T-SQL Programming Elements
Controlling Program Flow
Lab : Programming with T-SQL

Module 17: Implementing Error Handling
Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
Working with Error Information
Lab : Implementing Error Handling

Module 18: Implementing Transactions
Transactions and the Database Engine
Controlling Transactions
Lab : Implementing Transactions

Module 19: Appendix 1: Improving Query Performance
Factors in Query Performance
Displaying Query Performance Data
Lab : Improving Query Performance

Module 20: Appendix 2: Querying SQL Server Metadata
Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
Executing System Stored Procedures
Querying Dynamic Management Objects
Lab : Querying SQL Server Metadata