SQL for Non-Technical Users

SQL for Non-Technical Users

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Peggy Ward

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Learn to Write Simple Queries to Get the Information You Need to Do Your Job


Do you often have to ask others to write SQL queries for you? Are you intimidated by the idea of writing your own SQL query? It’s time to take matters into your own hands. In this course, you’ll learn how to write a basic SQL query from start to finish. We’ve designed the lessons specifically for those with little to no experience with writing queries, to teach you only what you need to know to get started.


By the end of the course, you’ll be able to retrieve data from multiple tables, sort and filter your query results, and use simple calculations. We’ll cover some commonly used functions, so you can format dates and text as well as calculate sums and averages. If you’re ready to stop waiting on someone else to pull data for you, this course is for you.


Note: This course uses SQL Server Management Studio, but the language of an SQL query is not specific to any one tool.


Topics covered include:

  • Retrieving data from one table or multiple tables
  • Using aliases to simplify your queries
  • Filtering data with the WHERE clause
  • Using outer joins
  • Working with functions: DATEPART, DATENAME, DATEDIFF, TRIM, SUM, AVG
  • Using the GROUP BY and HAVING clauses to retrieve and filter on summarized data
  • Writing subqueries included nested subqueries


Seventy-five minutes of high-quality HD content in the “Uniquely Engaging” TM Bigger Brains Teacher-Learner style!

Course Contents:

# Section # Lesson Length
1 Getting Started 1 Introduction 1:21
2 Fundamentals and Terminology 6:25
2 Single-Table Queries 3 Creating a Simple Query 4:25
4 Cleaning Query Results 7:13
5 Using the WHERE Clause 6:48
3 Multi-Table Queries 6 Querying Multiple Tables 9:58
7 Using Outer Joins 6:36
4 Functions and Subqueries 8 Working with Functions Part I 5:44
9 Working with Functions Part II 5:53
10 Using GROUP BY and HAVING 8:51
11 Writing Subqueries 11:50

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