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The use of Excel is widespread in the industry. It is a very powerful data analysis tool and almost all big and small businesses use Excel in their day to day functioning. This is an introductory course in the use of Excel and is designed to give you a working knowledge of Excel with the aim of getting to use it for more advance topics in Business Statistics later. The course is designed keeping in mind two kinds of learners - those who have very little functional knowledge of Excel and those who use Excel regularly but at a peripheral level and wish to enhance their skills. The course takes you from basic operations such as reading data into excel using various data formats, organizing and manipulating data, to some of the more advanced functionality of Excel. All along, Excel functionality is introduced using easy to understand examples which are demonstrated in a way that learners can become comfortable in understanding and applying them. To successfully complete course assignments, students must have access to a Windows version of Microsoft Excel 2010 or later. ________________________________________ WEEK 1 Module 1: Introduction to Spreadsheets In this module, you will be introduced to the use of Excel spreadsheets and various basic data functions of Excel. Topics covered include: • Reading data into Excel using various formats • Basic functions in Excel, arithmetic as well as various logical functions • Formatting rows and columns • Using formulas in Excel and their copy and paste using absolute and relative referencing ________________________________________ WEEK 2 Module 2: Spreadsheet Functions to Organize Data This module introduces various Excel functions to organize and query data. Learners are introduced to the IF, nested IF, VLOOKUP and the HLOOKUP functions of Excel. Topics covered include: • IF and the nested IF functions • VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP • The RANDBETWEEN function ________________________________________ WEEK 3 Module 3: Introduction to Filtering, Pivot Tables, and Charts This module introduces various data filtering capabilities of Excel. You’ll learn how to set filters in data to selectively access data. A very powerful data summarizing tool, the Pivot Table, is also explained and we begin to introduce the charting feature of Excel. Topics covered include: • VLOOKUP across worksheets • Data filtering in Excel • Use of Pivot tables with categorical as well as numerical data • Introduction to the charting capability of Excel ________________________________________ WEEK 4 Module 4: Advanced Graphing and Charting This module explores various advanced graphing and charting techniques available in Excel. Starting with various line, bar and pie charts we introduce pivot charts, scatter plots and histograms. You will get to understand these various charts and get to build them on your own. Topics covered include • Line, Bar and Pie charts • Pivot charts • Scatter plots • Histograms...

Top reviews


Apr 27, 2017

good course gives a basic foundation for data analytics ! Excellent for beginners who have no idea how to use excel for want to learn systematically excel files given at every lecture are very useful.


May 25, 2020

The training provided by Dr. Sharad is easy to follow and learn. Bravo and Thank you.

The level of difficulty from the quiz and the final task is just right and it is making us to think creatively.

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By olamilekan a

Jan 19, 2020

Very taskful excercises

By Alexandre L

Aug 31, 2019

Very useful, thank you.

By Dania A A

Jul 22, 2018

very helpful and useful

By Jenny K

Jun 5, 2018

Fantastic for beginners

By Abayomi O

Oct 13, 2022

Very excellent course


May 2, 2021

What a great course !!

By Jorge L R C

Sep 29, 2020

aprendí mucho, gracias

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By Shazia S

Apr 4, 2019

Overall helpful course

By Abhishek B

Aug 3, 2018

brilliantly explained.

By Tyler B

May 12, 2018

Great Excel Refresher!

By EX2 S

Oct 2, 2017

very good description.

By John P

Jul 26, 2022

Don't change a thing.

By Penny J M

Jun 29, 2022

Excellent instructor.

By Md. S I

Nov 23, 2021

Well organized course

By Sivapriya S V

Jul 23, 2021

it is a useful course

By Kiran

Nov 3, 2020

good course i like it

By Ottis-Ocanson K V

Sep 6, 2020

Thanks for the chance

By karthick G

Aug 18, 2020

very much informative

By Md. J A S

Jul 27, 2020

it was a great course

By Lina C

May 28, 2020

Step by step learning

By María J G M

Sep 11, 2018

Muy completo el curso

By Chirag S

Mar 27, 2018

Really helpful course

By Nikhil K

Jun 26, 2022

it was a nice course