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Course 10985-C: Introduction to SQL Databases

This course is aimed at people looking to move into a database professional role or whose job role is expanding to encompass database elements. The course describes fundamental database concepts including database types, database languages, and database designs.
Duration: 6 Evenings   |   Location : Online
Course Prerequisites:
This is a foundation level course and therefore only requires general computer literacy.
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Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to databases

This module introduces key database concepts in the context of SQL Server 2016.


  • Introduction to relational databases
  • Other types of database
  • Data analysis
  • Database languages in SQL Server

Lab : Exploring and querying SQL Server databases

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe what a database is
  • Understand basic relational aspects
  • Describe database languages used in SQL Server
  • Describe data analytics

Module 2: Data Modelling

This module describes data modelling techniques.


  • Data modelling
  • ANSI/SPARC database model
  • Entity relationship modelling

Lab : Identify components in entity relationship modelling

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the common data modelling techniques
  • Describe the ANSI/SPARC database model
  • Describe entity relationship modelling

Module 3: Normalization

This module describes normalization and denormalization techniques.


  • Fundamentals of Normalization
  • Normal form
  • Denormalization

Lab : Normalizing data

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe normalization benefits and notation
  • Describe important normalization terms
  • Describe the normalization levels
  • Describe the role of denormalization

Module 4: Relationships

This module describes relationship types and effects in database design.


  • Introduction to relationships
  • Planning referential integrity

Lab : Planning and implementing referential integrity

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe relationship types
  • Describe the use, types, and effects of referential integrity

Module 5: Performance

This module introduces the effects of database design on performance.


  • Indexing
  • Query performance
  • Concurrency

Lab : Performance issues

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the performance effects of indexing
  • Describe the performance effects of join and search types
  • Describe the performance effects of concurrency

Module 6: Database Objects

This module introduces commonly used database objects.


  • Tables
  • Views
  • Stored procedures, triggers and functions

Lab : Using SQL server

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the use of tables in SQL Server
  • Describe the use of views in SQL Server
  • Describe the use of stored procedures in SQL Server
  • Describe other database objects commonly used in SQL Server

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