Working with Relational Databases #1, SQL First Steps

In this course, participants explore the first principles of working with relational databases, including creating databases and tables, creating indexes and SELECTS across one or more tables.


This course is for Tech Analysts, S&T Analysts (optionally).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Log into a database server environment
  • List the basic data types
  • Explain the purpose of joins and primary keys
  • Explore the database using a graphic user interface tool
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of SQL query language and its most common keywords (SELECT, WHERE, AND)

Course Content

  • Log into an online database management tool (eg phpmySQLAdmin)
  • Essential operations of the tool (using point-and-click):
    • Select a database
    • Select a table
    • Select a row
    • Trace relationships between tables
    • Design a simple, two-table database
  • Run simple, filtered SELECT queries, first on a single table, then with joins – cumulative selections with SUM, COUNT and GROUP BY


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