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Intermediate Level
Approx. 19 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Hungarian, Arabic

Skills you will gain

Dashboard (Business)Financial ModelingMicrosoft ExcelData Cleansing

Learner Career Outcomes

42%

started a new career after completing these courses

38%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

32%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 19 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Hungarian, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Spreadsheet Design and Documentation

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 69 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Week 1 Discussion4m
Practice Video: Spreadsheet Design Principles12m
Practice Video: Calculations14m
Practice Video: Formatting11m
Practice Video: Documentation10m
Practice Video: Interface and Navigation12m
7 readings
Welcome10m
Course Structure & Assessments10m
Course goals and weekly learning objectives10m
Read me before you start: Quizzes and navigation10m
Read me before you start: Versions and regions10m
Download the Week 1 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Terminology, and Ninja Tips20m
5 practice exercises
Spreadsheet Design Principles6m
Calculations6m
Formatting6m
Documentation6m
Week 1 Final Assignment1h
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Advanced Formula Techniques

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Week 2 Discussion4m
Practice Video: Tables and Structured Referencing9m
Practice Video: Using Functions to Sort Data8m
Practice Video: Introduction to Array Formulas5m
Practice Video: Working with an Array Function (TRANSPOSE)4m
Practice Video: Solving Problems with Array Formulas4m
2 readings
Download the Week 2 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Terminology, and Ninja Tips25m
5 practice exercises
Tables and Structured Referencing6m
Using Functions to Sort Data6m
Introduction to Array Formulas6m
Week 2 Practice Challenge45m
Week 2 Final Assignment1h
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Data Cleaning and Preparation

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
7 videos
Week 3 Discussion4m
Practice Video: Replace blanks with repeating values5m
Practice Video: Fix Dates (DATE, MONTH, YEAR, DAY, TEXT)6m
Practice Video: Remove Unwanted Spaces (TRIM, CLEAN)4m
Practice Video: Diagnostic Tools (ISNUMBER, LEN, CODE)7m
Practice Video: Remove Unwanted Characters (SUBSTITUTE, CHAR, VALUE)6m
2 readings
Download the Week 3 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Terminology, and Ninja Tips25m
7 practice exercises
Replace blanks with repeating values6m
Fix Dates (DATE, MONTH, YEAR, DAY, TEXT)6m
Remove Unwanted Spaces (TRIM, CLEAN)6m
Diagnostic Tools (ISNUMBER, LEN, CODE)6m
Remove Unwanted Characters (SUBSTITUTE, CHAR, VALUE)6m
Week 3 Practice Challenge45m
Week 3 Final Assignment1h
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Financial Functions and Working with Dates

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Week 4 Discussion6m
Practice Video: Working with Dates (EOMONTH, EDATE, WORKDAY.INTL)5m
Practice Video: Financial Functions (FV, PV, PMT)8m
Practice Video: Loan Schedule (PMT, EDATE)10m
Practice Video: Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return (NPV, IRR)7m
Practice Video: Depreciation Functions (SLN, SYD, DDB)6m
2 readings
Download the Week 4 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Excel Terminology, and Ninja Tips40m
6 practice exercises
Working with Dates (EOMONTH, EDATE, WORKDAY.INTL)10m
Financial Functions (FV, PV, PMT)10m
Loan Schedule (PMT, EDATE)12m
Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return (NPV, IRR)10m
Depreciation Functions (SLN, SYD, DDB)10m
Week 4 Final Assignment1h

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About the Excel Skills for Business Specialization

This specialization is intended for anyone who seeks to develop one of the most critical and fundamental digital skills today. Spreadsheet software remains one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software used in workplaces across the world. Learning to confidently operate this software means adding a highly valuable asset to your employability portfolio. In the United States alone, millions of job advertisements requiring Excel skills are posted every day. Research by Burning Glass Technologies and Capital One shows that digital skills lead to higher income and better employment opportunities. At a time when digital skills jobs are growing much faster than non-digital jobs, completing this specialization will position you way ahead of others. In this Specialization, learners develop advanced Excel Skills for Business. Upon completing the four courses in this Specialization, learners can design sophisticated spreadsheets, including professional dashboards, and perform complex calculations using advanced Excel features and techniques. Learners have acquired the skills to manage large datasets efficiently, extract meaningful information from datasets, present data and extract information effectively. In addition, learners have mastered the skills needed to validate data and prevent errors in spreadsheets, create automation, apply advanced formulas and conditional logic to help make decisions and create spreadsheets that help forecast and model data....
Excel Skills for Business

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  • In this course, we are using Microsoft Excel 2016 (Office 365) on a Windows PC with all options set to default. The Office 365 version of Excel is the latest version at the time of writing and developing this course. If you have a different version of Excel or you are using a Mac, some tools and buttons will look different, they may be located in a different spot, or some might be missing altogether. If there are any major differences, we usually point them out during the practice videos. If you cannot find a tool that we mention, you can always ask in the forums or search the Internet. Most of the functionality we demonstrate is also available in other spreadsheet programs, although the interface will look different. Most other spreadsheet software can import and export files in the Microsoft Excel format. If you are not sure which version of Excel you are using, check the Microsoft support pages for help.

    If you cannot use Excel 2016 on a PC, you will be able to follow along with the videos, however, please note that some of the assessment tasks will require Excel. Where possible, we have designed assessment tasks so that users of older versions of Excel (such as 2013) can still solve them.

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