Take Introduction to Relational Databases online at your own pace

Gain practical experience managing a relational database, including basic commands and queries in SQL. Go at your own pace and get the support you need with Sophia’s student-friendly tech.

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Course description

Sophia's Introduction to Relational Databases course will build mastery of foundational commands in SQL, with a focus on Postgresql. Students will actively practice writing SQL queries in a modifiable database. Their hands-on work will build their understanding of the key aspects of operating a database. Students will also get an introduction to challenges in administering and designing databases.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 19 Challenges (formative assessments) and 6 Milestones (summative assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:<br></p> <ul><li>Use Select-From-Where queries to collect information from a single table database.</li><li>Form a single table database using Create and Insert commands.</li><li>Use Group By, Order By, and aggregate functions.</li><li>Alter and update the database table by adding, deleting, or modifying columns.</li><li>Use Select-From-Where queries to combine information from multiple tables in a database using Joins.</li><li>Form a database with multiple tables using primary keys and foreign keys.</li><li>Demonstrate awareness of sub-queries, views, indices, and unions.</li><li>Summarize the importance of backing up data.</li><li>Evaluate multiple approaches to securing relational data.</li><li>Explore other methods of enhancing relational table design.</li><li>Explain the purpose and utility of a database.</li><li>Identify the most common database models used today.</li><li>Distinguish between several commercial relational DBMS.</li><li>Explain the purpose of an ERD.</li><li>Explain the purpose of normalization with respect to the relational data model.</li><li>Given an ERD depicting non-normalized data, normalize the data model.</li><li>Adapt RDMS use to business considerations.</li></ul>

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