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About the Course

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.\n\nThe 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 Siddharth T

Apr 5, 2020

This course provides me very good experience about MS-Excel.

By Cielo N F

Sep 22, 2019

Really enjoyed the class and the information was very clear.

By Victoria P

Nov 17, 2017

Very good course, everything explained, not questions to add


Feb 25, 2021

I really loved this online course! very much helpful for me

By Faisal n K

Aug 17, 2020

great work by professor he taught basics of excel very well

By Md. R I

Aug 6, 2020


Dr. Borle's teaching policy is so awesome.

By Imad K

Jun 13, 2020

a very instructive training with a very pedagogical trainer

By Vaibhav M

May 8, 2020

the quizzes at the end of each week were really challenging

By Manish S

May 4, 2020

This course is good you can learn many new things in excel.

By Muhammad S A

Apr 19, 2020

Great learning experience and much relevant course contents


Aug 12, 2019

very useful , helpful,interactive and easy to learn program

By Himanshu A

Apr 3, 2019

Course is helpful in performing excel task in a better way.

By Mohammed Z A

Sep 12, 2018

Thank you, I have improve my skills by this amazing course.

By Imad A

Mar 22, 2018

Practical, very well organized with progressive difficulty.

By Liz

Jan 24, 2018

Excellent! I finally have clarity for VLOOKUPS! Thank you!

By Eliot M

Oct 25, 2017

Well spoken and articulate videos. Great beginner's course.

By subaash r

Oct 20, 2017

after doing this course its easy for me to work in excel.

By HariKamal D

Sep 7, 2017

Great Course with learning material adequately simplified .

By Joy C

Jul 19, 2020

The professor's explanations are pretty clear and helpful.

By Dhruva P S

May 2, 2020


By Krisma P S

Mar 25, 2020

great courses to start a career related to data analysis

By Shoaib Z

Oct 24, 2019

This course really helped me to analyze and Visualize data

By Shreeyansh R

Jul 2, 2018

very useful course for business. very well explained too!!

By Patricia J M

Jan 30, 2018

Amazing course!

Excellent lectures with easy comprehension!

By arvind b

Dec 11, 2016

This course can further be extended to some advance level.