MOC 20461 – Querying Microsoft SQL Server

MOC 20461 – Querying Microsoft SQL Server


This certified Microsoft Training course, Querying Microsoft SQL Server (MOC 20461), teaches students to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Attendees learn the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines including Database Administration, Database Development, and Business Intelligence. This course is preparation for exam 70-461.



After completing this course, students will be able to:

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


All students should have:

  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.


All Microsoft training students receive Microsoft official courseware.


Attendees will not need to install any software on their computer for this class. The class will be conducted in a remote environment that Accelebrate will provide; students will only need a local computer with a web browser with a stable Internet connection. Any recent version of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome will be fine.

When you call us about purchasing this class, we will provide a live demo of the online lab environment so that you may explore the web browser interface in more detail.

For classes delivered online, all participants need either dual monitors or a separate device logged into the online session so that they can do their work on one screen and watch the instructor on the other. A separate computer connected to a projector or large screen TV would be another way for students to see the instructor’s screen simultaneously with working on their own.


  • Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014
    • The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
    • SQL Server Editions and Versions
    • Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
  • Introduction to T-SQL Querying
    • Introducing T-SQL
    • Understanding Sets
    • Understanding Predicate Logic
    • Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
  • Writing SELECT Queries
    • Writing Simple SELECT Statements
    • Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
    • Using Column and Table Aliases
    • Writing Simple CASE Expressions
  • Querying Multiple Tables
    • Understanding Joins
    • Querying with Inner Joins
    • Querying with Outer Joins
    • Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
  • 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
  • Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
    • Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
    • Working with Character Data
    • Working with Date and Time Data
  • Using DML to Modify Data
    • Inserting Data
    • Modifying and Deleting Data
  • Using Built-In Functions
    • Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
    • Using Conversion Functions
    • Using Logical Functions
    • Using Functions to Work with NULL
  • Grouping and Aggregating Data
    • Using Aggregate Functions
    • Using the GROUP BY Clause
    • Filtering Groups with HAVING
  • Using Subqueries
    • Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
    • Writing Correlated Subqueries
    • Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
  • Using Table Expressions
    • Using Derived Tables
    • Using Common Table Expressions
    • Using Views
    • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  • Using Set Operators
    • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
    • Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
    • Using APPLY
  • Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
    • Creating Windows with OVER
    • Exploring Window Functions
  • Pivoting and Grouping Sets
    • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
    • Working with Grouping Sets
  • Executing Stored Procedures
    • Querying Data with Stored Procedures
    • Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
    • Creating Simple Stored Procedures
    • Working with Dynamic SQL
  • Programming with T-SQL
    • T-SQL Programming Elements
    • Controlling Program Flow
  • Implementing Error Handling
    • Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
    • Working with Error Information
  • Implementing Transactions
    • Transactions and the Database Engine
    • Controlling Transactions
    • Isolation Levels
  • Improving Query Performance
    • Factors in Query Performance
    • Displaying Query Performance Data
  • Querying SQL Server Metadata
    • Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
    • Executing System Stored Procedures
    • Querying Dynamic Management Objects
  • Conclusion

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  • Course No : MOC-20461
  •  Theory : 50%
  •  Lab : 50%
  • Duration : 30 hours

All students should have:

  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
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