SQL Server

Operational Skills Achievement Award – SQL Server Database Fundamentals

Become Certified by Microsoft

About the Career

Database professionals can wear many hats. Then can design, implement and maintain centralized databases. They can also update and retrieve data from PCs and from application programs for reports and analysis. They make sure the data is secure and backed up. We take databases for granted, but they have made organizations of all kinds more efficient with accurate, secure and available information.

Microsoft SQL Server is a Relational Database Management System on the commercial market today. It is based upon the Relational Model developed by Dr. E. F. Codd in the early 1970s. SQL Server is a leading system in industry and is used by many organizations world-wide. You will find an RDBMS in schools, colleges, universities, financial institutions, retail businesses, government institutions, insurance companies, energy companies, healthcare systems, transportation systems, to name a few.

After completing this award, the student may well decide that being a database administrator is the way to go. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a DBA with a bachelor's degree will earn $84,950 (nation-wide), $84,570 (state-wide for Texas), and $83,080 in the Houston area. These are median salaries.

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Database Administrators,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (visited June 30, 2017).

About the Program

This Occupational Skills Award takes only nine hours. All three courses lead directly to a Programming Certificate, should the student decide to continue. This award is perfect for students desiring to attain computer database skills, update those skills and to attain an official Microsoft certification.

The Microsoft certification is an integral part of the ITSW 1307 course, "Introduction to Database" (see below). This course is taught by an instructor who has attained this certification. Students are provided with practice exams and test vouchers, both free of charge! And, the COM Testing Center is officially certified to give these exams. Toward the end of the semester, the student will walk across the campus, take the exam, and become a "Microsoft Certified Professional", "Microsoft Technology Associate" in SQL Server. This certification is recognized word-wide. And, COM's testing center makes it very convenient for the student.

Semester 1

Course SCH
COSC 1301 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING 3
COSC 1336 PROGRAMMING FUNDAMENTALS I 3
ITSW 1307 INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE 3

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