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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 Alvan M N

Oct 26, 2020

The course was well structured with practice questions to help understand concepts

By Jomari T

Sep 30, 2020

The course was informative and can be easily followed and understood by beginners.

By Alex H

May 9, 2020

Good overview of Excel usage - the course teaches what I would expect it to teach.

By Patricia A

Apr 13, 2020

Great course, very interesting and useful and the videos were very well explained.

By pavita k

Apr 5, 2020

The explanation from the teacher was clear enough. The videos' quality were great.

By María J A B

Jun 3, 2018

Wonderful! a mix of complex concepts in a very easy way explained! Great course!!

By Prabhjeet S

Aug 12, 2017

This course is very beneficial if anyone is beginning their life in Data analysis.

By Shilly R

Apr 26, 2021

Easy to understand and examples that you can apply in your business transactions.

By Whitney H

Sep 29, 2020

This was a very helpful course and I've learnt alot of excel i never knew existed

By Pranab k

Sep 12, 2020

Thanks to The Coursera that I've able to learn Using Excel in Business analytics.

By Islam M

Aug 31, 2020

Topics are very concise and well-explained. I strongly recommend it for beginners


Jun 12, 2020

Really very informative and highly recommended to learn basic skills about excel.

By Zara S H

May 4, 2020

Excellent Course. But need to be more details literature on Histogram. Thank you.

By Timothy C

Mar 4, 2020

Enjoyed using this course to create graphs, pivot tables/charts, histograms, etc.

By Sneha C

Jul 20, 2021

This is really good to learn the day to day basic excel functions. Very useful!!

By Gintautas M

Nov 28, 2020

A good course for anyone looking for an introduction to using Excel for analysis

By Michael M

Apr 2, 2019

Presented well, real examples and hands on quizzes. Really enjoyed this course.

By Abrahim S

Nov 5, 2017

Very helpful for teaching basic excel skills with applications in data analytics

By Noe T

Dec 27, 2022

Thank you very much to Professor Borle for teaching me valuable Excel concepts.

By Choong K Y

Sep 23, 2020

clear explaination with short and straight to the point video for easy lerning.

By Mmaduabuchi P O

Jun 19, 2020

It's an amazing course for anyone beginning a journey into Excel data analysis.

By Jaya K

May 25, 2020

Very neat and nicely explained. Look forward to more advanced courses on Excel.

By Alexis M

Oct 8, 2018

Great course to hone and expand on Excel skills important for business analysis

By Husain S

Jan 2, 2018

Good course. I completed the course while on free trial for the specialization.

By Mahalakshmi P

Dec 8, 2017

Very Good course to get better understanding on LOOKUP, IF functions and Charts