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Introduction to SQL


Become an SQL power user! By the end of this hands-on course, you’ll be able to complete complex tasks in SQL, including cleaning data and tuning the performance of your queries so they run quickly, even over giant data sets.

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  • Estimated time
    20 hours

  • Enroll by
    September 28, 2022

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  • Prerequisites
    Data types
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What You Will Learn

  1. Introduction to SQL

    20 hours to complete

    In the ever-growing fields of data science & software engineering, knowledge of SQL has become an absolute must. (In fact, these days many hiring interviews for data-scientist positions start with SQL questions!) This zero-fluff course will fast-track your proficiency in SQL, getting you started with basic queries and quickly incorporating advanced elements like subqueries, window functions, and advanced joins.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    1. Basic SQL

      Write common SQL commands including SELECT, FROM and WHERE and use logical operators such as LIKE, AND and OR.

      • SQL JOINs

        Write JOINs in SQL to combine data from multiple sources to answer more complex business questions, and understand different types of JOINs and when to use each type.

        • SQL Aggregations

          Write common aggregations in SQL including COUNT, SUM, MIN and MAX, and write CASE and DATE functions, as well as work with NULLs.

          • SQL Subqueries & Temporary Tables

            Write subqueries to run multiple queries together, learn the types of subquery placement and formatting, and use temp tables to access a table with more than one query.

            • SQL Data Cleaning

              Learn and apply the basics of data cleaning strategies in SQL to normalize or create a column from existing data, and perform the appropriate data cleaning methodology based on goals for further analysis.

              • SQL Window Functions

                Apply core window functions to tackle analysis tasks that require further targeting or segmentation, and use other window functions including RANK, NTILE, LAG, LEAD new functions along with partitions to complete complex tasks.

                • SQL Advanced JOINs AND Performance Tuning

                  Learn how and when to use advanced joins (e.g., self joins) to write queries that run quickly across giant datasets, and learn the high-level tradeoffs with queries, including performance and what you can do to optimize them.

                  • Course Project: Deforestation Exploration

                    SQL is most commonly used to manipulate and analyze data to inform decision making. In this project, you will act as a data analyst for an organization on a mission to reduce deforestation around the world and to raise awareness about this important environmental topic. First, you’ll clean any erroneous values in a table, join that table to another lookup table to bring in a new categorical and quantitative variable and return a new view of all categories greater than a reference value. Then, you will create and execute SQL queries to perform calculations using variables from those disparate data sets to answer questions for stakeholders. Your analysis will help you better understand which countries and regions around the world seem to have forests that have been shrinking in size, and also which countries and regions have the most significant forest area. Lastly, you will compile your answers and summarize your analysis into a report that can be shared to a leadership team.


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                    Senior Product Manager at CircleUp

                    Malavica is a Senior Product Manager with over five years of experience. Her work includes building Helio, an ML platform used to identify breakout brands in early-stage consumer packaged goods companies.

                  • Ziad Saab

                    Software Developer and Co-Founder DecodeMTL

                    Ziad is a seasoned software developer who loves mentoring and teaching. Currently working as an independent contractor, he previously co-founded and taught full-stack web development at DecodeMTL, Montreal's first web development bootcamp.

                  • Derek Steer

                    CEO at Mode

                    Derek is the CEO of Mode Analytics. He developed an analytical foundation at Facebook and Yammer and is passionate about sharing it with future analysts. He authored SQL School and is a mentor at Insight Data Science.

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                    How to manipulate and analyze relational data efficiently with one of the most commonly required languages in data science: SQL.
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                    On average, successful students take 20 hours to complete this program.
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