Querying Data with Transact-SQL

Querying Data with Transact-SQL

Course overview

This course is designed to introduce students to Transact-SQL. It is designed in such a way that the first three days can be taught as a course to students requiring the knowledge for other courses in the SQL Server curriculum. Days 4 & 5 teach the remaining skills required to take exam 70-761.

Target audience

The main purpose of the course is to give students a good understanding of the Transact-SQL language which is used by all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. As such, the primary target audience for this course is: Database Administrators, Database Developers and BI professionals.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

Describe key capabilities and components of SQL Server.

Describe T-SQL, sets, and predicate logic.

Write a single table SELECT statement.

Write a multi-table SELECT statement.

Write SELECT statements with filtering and sorting.

Describe how SQL Server uses data types.

Write DML statements.

Write queries that use built-in functions.

Write queries that aggregate data.

Write subqueries.

Create and implement views and table-valued functions.

Use set operators to combine query results.

Write queries that use window ranking, offset, and aggregate functions.

Transform data by implementing pivot, unpivot, rollup and cube.

Create and implement stored procedures.

Add programming constructs such as variables, conditions, and loops to T-SQL code.


Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.

Working knowledge of relational databases.

Certification info

This exam is intended for SQL Server database administrators, system engineers, and developers with two or more years of experience who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge in writing queries.