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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


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 Shirish G

Aug 15, 2019

Super easy and fun way to learn basics of excel

By Abhinav S

Oct 13, 2018

Great Course.

Helps to understand all the basics

By Sam P

Jun 27, 2018

Very helpful informational course for beginners

By Julie B

May 25, 2018

Very good basic Excel for data analysis course.


Apr 27, 2018

Really improve my excel skills as professional.

By Marina M

May 11, 2017

Excellent course !!! very dynamic and useful !!

By Sundaram V

Jan 7, 2017

Wonderful course. Great teaching. Learnt a lot.

By Mohammad M

Oct 7, 2016

Great and essential for every business manager.

By Sundararajan B

Jul 20, 2021


By Sahil

Apr 27, 2021

this course will surely help u in your career.

By Paula M

Aug 17, 2020

A great intro on how to use Excel effectively.

By Rahul D

Jun 13, 2020

This is one of the best excel course till date

By Adeyinka O

Jun 12, 2020

Nice course, very engaging and rich in content

By Danushka F

May 26, 2020

Great Course to master essential Excel skills.

By Valavan V

Mar 16, 2019

Great course to understand the basics of Excel

By tania j

Aug 19, 2017

Great course! Every concept is well explained.

By Michael S J M

Nov 21, 2016

Excellent course. Thoroughly enjoyed the work.

By Kalavala A

Jun 10, 2022

Very useful course for any field of graduates

By Ganesh K

Aug 13, 2021

Excellent Very Useful and Knowledgeble course

By aasish k

Jul 30, 2021

From Wk2 and WK4 I have gained good learnings

By Ratan K

May 13, 2021

This is really very helpful in my daily task.

By Scott S

Apr 26, 2021

I learned a lot the videos were very helpful.


Sep 12, 2020

All thanks to my great mentor BhaWna From NCR

By Emilia M

Sep 5, 2020

Is a good introductory course. Easy to follow

By ken k

Aug 18, 2020

Thanks!! I learn many things, so interesting.