Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Database Fundamentals

Course code: MSSQF1

Duration: 3 Days / 24 Hours

This course provides fundamental concepts to understand and work on Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

This three-day MTA Training course helps you prepare for Microsoft Technology Associate Exam 98-364 Database Administration Fundamentals, and build an understanding of these topics: Core Database Concepts, Creating Database Objects, Manipulating Data, Data Storage, and Administering a Database. This course leverages the same content as found in the Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) for this exam.


This course provides an entry level education for future training and work on database administration and business analytics using SQL Server.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand Core Database Concepts
  • Create Database Objects
  • Manipulate Data
  • Understand Data Storage
  • Administer a Database

Education Criteria


Module 1: Understanding core database concepts

  • Understand how data is stored in tables
    • Understand what a table is and how it relates to the data that will be stored in the database; columns/fields, rows/records
  • Understand relational database concepts
    • Understand what a relational database is, the need for relational database management systems (RDBMS), and how relations are established
  • Understand data manipulation language (DML)
    • Understand what DML is and its role in databases
  • Understand data definition language (DDL)
    • Understand how T-SQL can be used to create database objects, such as tables and views

Lab exercises

Module 2: Create database objects

  • Choose data types
    • Understand what data types are, why they are important, and how they affect storage requirements
  • Understand tables and how to create them
    • Purpose of tables; create tables in a database by using proper ANSI SQL syntax
  • Create views
    • Understand when to use views and how to create a view by using T-SQL or a graphical designer
  • Create stored procedures and functions
    • Select, insert, update, or delete data

Lab exercises

Module 3: Manipulate data

  • Select data
    • Utilize SELECT queries to extract data from one table, extract data by using joins, combine result sets by using UNION and INTERSECT
  • Insert data
    • Understand how data is inserted into a database, how to use INSERT statements
  • Update data
    • Understand how data is updated in a database and how to write the updated data to the database by using the appropriate UPDATE statements, update by using a table
  • Delete data
    • Delete data from single or multiple tables, ensure data and referential integrity by using transactions

Lab exercises

Module 4: Understand data storage

  • Understand normalization
    • Understand the reasons for normalization, the five most common levels of normalization, how to normalize a database to third normal form
  • Understand primary, foreign, and composite keys
    • Understand the reason for keys in a database, choose appropriate primary keys, select appropriate data type for keys, select appropriate fields for composite keys, understand the relationship between foreign and primary keys
  • Understand indexes
    • Understand clustered and non-clustered indexes and their purpose in a database

Lab exercises

Module 5: Administer a database

  • Understand database security concepts
    • Understand the need to secure a database, what objects can be secured, what objects should be secured, user accounts, and roles
  • Understand database backups and restore
    • Understand various backup types, such as full and incremental, importance of backups, how to restore a database

Lab exercises

Course Review

Exam Preparation