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Relational & Columnar Databases

The Relational & Columnar Databases module introduces the concept of relational and columnar databases, how they work, why they are needed and the differences between the two.

The module then details the benefits and shortcomings of relational and columnar databases.

Relational & Columnar Databases

Learning Objectives:

Learn what a relational database is.

Learn what a columnar database is.

Learn the advantages of using a relational database.

Learn the disadvantages of using a relational database.

Learn the advantages of using a columnar database.

Learn the disadvantages of using a columnar database.

Who is Suitable?

No prior knowledge is required so all Data Practitioners can undertake the course.

As this is a data architecture & IT module the content is especially useful for data architects but would also be a useful for a wide spectrum of data roles; including but not exclusive to data owners, data stewards, data modellers, data analysts and data lineage analysts.


  • What is a columnar database?
  • What does it mean for a database to be relational?
  • Why use relational databases when column databases are faster?


An Interactive Presentation

3 Videos

60+ Questions

10+ Interactive Questions

3 Final Practice Tests – 30 questions over 30 minutes

Final Examination – 60 questions over 30 minutes


 4 hours of learning materials to complete.

Valid for 24 months

Only £100.00 + VAT