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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 Δημήτρης Α

Oct 19, 2017

more excel function should be learned in the first week

By Rajat G

Jul 4, 2021

There were some question I was not able to understand

By Gloria A S R

Sep 22, 2020

aprendi a hacer tablas dinamicas y graficos dinamicos

By Juan F C

May 5, 2020

Very useful, a bit out-dated, but a very good course.

By Nzenwa c

Mar 6, 2020

Very challenging,put me through alot of brainstorming

By Shweta G

Apr 7, 2019

The course was good. Helped me to learn excel basics.

By Emiliano d C

Dec 13, 2020

Even is introductory show very useful excel tools.


Nov 5, 2020

Very usefull and easy to understand lessons.Thanks

By Jayne S I 4

Aug 19, 2020

Good Basic introduction to pivot tables and charts

By Nilmony S

Jun 10, 2022

Highly recommended for the data analysis learners


Apr 20, 2020

but you need some improvement in week 2 lectures

By Gurinder D

Dec 3, 2016

nice course....good for learning basic excel....

By Munigoti R

Aug 16, 2021

Excellent Learning .Thanks for wonderful course


Sep 9, 2020

I learned a lot of new things to work on excel.

By MD. N H

Jun 9, 2020

Assignment is better and perfect as per Course.


Aug 23, 2021

The was really great especially for beginners.

By Swetha Ñ

Oct 27, 2020

This was a great Course for Beginners like me.

By Kiruthika S

Jul 9, 2020

The sessions are crisp and easy to understand!

By Scott D S

Nov 27, 2017

Good but some test questions were not specific

By Ajay R

Jul 23, 2017

Very helpful and designed in a seamless manner

By Olivier W

Aug 14, 2021

Great course. More exercices would be a plus.

By Vishal S

May 7, 2022

Content cover is god and useful in future.

By Shoug a A

Sep 12, 2020

It was beneficial course thanks a lot .....

By Lifeng W

Apr 25, 2020

quiz always false answer, is very confusing

By Getachew D

Oct 12, 2021

The course was interesting and applicable.