Course 40364A Database Administration Fundamentals

This MTA Training course helps you prepare for Microsoft Technology Associate Exam 98-364, 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.

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The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is Microsoft’s newest suite of technology certification exams that validate fundamental knowledge needed to begin building a career using Microsoft technologies. This program provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology and assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience.

At Course Completion

  • After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand Core Database Concepts

  • Create Database Objects

  • Manipulate Data

  • Understand Data Storage

  • Administer a Database

Exam Code

  • 98-364


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.

Module 2: Crate 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.

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.

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.

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.