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SQL Fundamentals Course Overview

Delve into the world of SQL, the cornerstone of Business Intelligence, with our SQL Fundamentals course. Designed for beginners and aspiring data professionals, this course introduces you to the foundational syntax and transformative capabilities of SQL. You’ll learn how to effectively extract and manipulate data from databases, a critical skill for any analyst.

Starting with basic data retrieval and filtering techniques, the course progressively guides you through more complex aspects of SQL, including data transformation functions and combining data from multiple tables. We provide hands-on experience through an accessible Azure Data Studio data warehouse, ensuring you can practice your skills in a real-world environment, regardless of your operating system.

By the end of this course, you’ll possess the fundamental skills necessary to navigate and manipulate database data confidently. You’ll understand best practices and common pitfalls in SQL, equipping you with the knowledge to become a proficient business analyst and a valuable asset in any data-driven role.


SQL Fundamentals Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Retrieve and filter data using basic SQL syntax
  • Transform data with the help of numerical, date, and text functions
  • Understand essential terminology related to SQL, databases, and data warehouses
  • Combine data from multiple tables efficiently for a more advanced analysis
Chapter 3 learning objectives    

Who should take this course?

This SQL Fundamentals course is ideal for beginners in data analysis, business professionals seeking to understand database interactions, and Excel users venturing into more advanced data management. It’s crafted to provide foundational skills in SQL, setting the stage for anyone looking to deepen their business intelligence and data analysis capabilities. The course lays the groundwork for transforming raw database information into meaningful insights, making it a crucial first step for aspiring data analysts and business intelligence professionals.

SQL Fundamentals

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Level 3

Approx 10h to complete

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This Course is Part of the Following Programs

Why stop here? Expand your skills and show your expertise with the professional certifications, specializations, and CPE credits you’re already on your way to earning.

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA®) Certification
SQL Fundamentals is part of the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA®) certification, which includes 27 courses.
  • Skills Learned Data visualization, data warehousing and transformation, data modeling and analysis
  • Career Prep Business intelligence analyst, data scientist, data visualization specialist
Business Intelligence Analyst Specialization
  • Skills learned Data Transformation & Automation, Data Visualization, Coding, Data Modeling
  • Career prep Data Analyst, Business Intelligence Specialist, Finance Analyst, Data Scientist

Learner Reviews

So Intense
First time coming across SQL. Perfect intro but you need a lot of time and effort to thoroughly get the concepts. Loved every minute of it.

Samuel Mbogo

Last few contents are not included in the student file package such as subquery
Last few contents are not included in the student file package such as subquery

Yi De Chia

very informative
The instructor took his time to explain the various concepts

Ferdinand Santah

It was interesting
I passed my exam once

Oluwafunmilola Abiola

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