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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...

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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.


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.

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By Amanda C R

Jul 30, 2020

debe tener todos los videos con la opcion de espa;ol ya que hay algunos que no tenian subtitulos y era un poco mas dificil dar seguimiento a la clase.


Dec 26, 2022

Excellent course, very complete, and even if you think you know how to use excel, there are always new functions that make data analysis even easier.

By Dinesh V

Aug 13, 2021

Very informative session , taken through step by step explaining correctly the formulas. Thanks to the instructor and RICE for giving good knowledge.

By Đăng K Đ

Aug 11, 2019

Course is very meaningful and through, I was able to apply pivot, charting into current work. The certificate has also made my CV clearer and better.

By Gaurav T

Feb 28, 2019

I would like thank you for the session.i just wanted to jot you a note of thanks to say how much i enjoyed your session on Data Analysis Using Excel.

By Chandrasekaran R

Jul 29, 2017

this four week course helped me in getting some quick navigational tips for excel and also certain advanced tools such as pivot charts and histograms

By Krishna S

Jan 30, 2021

Course is very helpful for understanding Excel data visualisation by using pivot tables, histograms, charts. Lookup formula helps in data management

By Sai S A

Aug 28, 2020

Good explanation , Easy to understand and apply , thanks to the faculty , thanks to forum ultimately helped in clarifying doubts and achieve better.

By Sandra U S

May 17, 2017

Prof Sharad makes things look simple. It was the best excel course I ever had! Great practical examples and short videos which facilitate concentrat

By Vishal S

Jan 12, 2021

i liked this course very much it is very effective for the buisness, but question what ever asked in the quiz and spreadsheet are a bit difficult .

By Abdullah D

Sep 29, 2020

It is an excellent course for the beginners. A highly recommended course. The instructor is amazing. The pace of the course is nice and manageable.

By Steffany L

Sep 10, 2020

I really liked this course. The materials and explanations were really helpful. I learned all the necessary stuff in excel for business! Great one!

By Aleksey S

Sep 9, 2020

I've gained a lot of new and insightful skills of using excel throughout of this course and I'm satisfied to complete all the lessons and practice!

By Daniela A G D

Jun 3, 2020

Un excelente curso, todo se comprendió completamente y los ejercicios fueron sencillos de acuerdo con el nivel. Muy útil lo enseñado en este curso.

By Syafiq A B M F

Oct 15, 2020

I learn a great deal of knowledge from the Professor. Really helped me as an Analyst in my day to day job. Thank you Rice University and Coursera!

By Theophilus O A

Aug 5, 2020

An eye-opening introduction. Looking forward to more exciting sections and challenging times ahead.

Grateful to be part of this learning programme.

By Chua V S

Jun 2, 2020

I learned a lot in this course, but still hopefully to review the answer of the test. Maybe can provide the answer and solution after few attempts

By Oleksii N

Jul 17, 2020

Very useful! Delivered in a highly understandable manner. Definitely recommend to everyone who would be involved in a bit deeper work with excel.

By Rajkumar T

May 21, 2020

Really enhanced my excel knowledge and liked the way of explanation with example by Tutor sir Sh Sharad Borle .

Thanks and Regards

Rajkumar Thakur

By Claire B

Jan 19, 2018

easy to follow course with clear instructions and practical examples to be applied in the weekly test, mini and larger quizzes to ensure learning

By Muhammad T S

Apr 30, 2020

Amazing course! covered everything and the best thing is every concept and function is explained upto advanced level but lecture is kept concise

By saurabh m

Jul 6, 2017

Awesome course. the concepts were explained very well. Would have been great with some more practice sets before taking up the final assessment.

By Sanjeev p

Oct 4, 2016

prof is very down to earth, speaks clearly and explains very well. the examples are terrific. material is very important for anyone in industry

By Adriano P

Feb 25, 2023

Very useful to learn Excel basics quickly and know how to use it to make simple yet very useful data analysis form different types of datasets.

By Rasheed A

Sep 4, 2022

it is a very detailed basic information on excel which will serve as a spring board to broading the horizon on data analysis skill acquisition.