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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 Wouter O

Sep 23, 2018

Hands on course and therefor very helpful.

By Prabhudatt A

Jul 26, 2021

The course was helpful in clearing basics

By Vallabhaneni S

Jun 2, 2020

It is difficult to understand the wording

By Sandeep P

Mar 24, 2019

I felt excellent while doing this course.

By Diego L

Apr 5, 2022

Nice material, well as an intro to Excel


Jul 16, 2021

It is informative and easy to understand


Aug 6, 2020

Thank you for improving my excel skills.


Jul 20, 2020

Nice course but can be improved a little

By anindita c

May 19, 2020

Very explicitly explained with handon ex

By Hamza K

Sep 9, 2017

A very good introductory course to Excel

By Gaurav B

Oct 10, 2019

Good Module need more Qweries to Solve.

By Karun T

Mar 10, 2017

Extremely engaging and practical course


Nov 3, 2020

excellent way of presenting the topics

By Hrishik R

Aug 22, 2020

some questions are very much confusing

By Nagaraju K

Jul 28, 2020

It is verymuch useful for Busines data

By Aditya A M

Aug 2, 2021

Excellent course to learn from basics

By Hamza J S A

Apr 25, 2021

Very good explanation and assignments

By Ibrahim q

Jan 9, 2021


By Pan Y

Sep 12, 2020

Quite a good course on excel basics.

By Nirodh P

Jul 14, 2020

Nice presentation with very details.

By Waqas Y

May 31, 2020

Exceptional and inspiring mentoring.

By Shlok S A

Apr 12, 2020

A little too easy even for beginners

By Anshul J

Mar 12, 2018

Very easy and to the point content .

By Joshua A

Nov 10, 2021

Great introductory lessons in Excel

By Cianda T G

Jan 5, 2021

Great tutorials but a bit outdated.