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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...

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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.


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 Santiago M

Jan 25, 2021

I was waiting more data analysis.

By Anna G

Nov 6, 2020

Course is very limited.

By Carlos T

Feb 27, 2020

Very basic.

By Dustin L

Apr 19, 2018

too esay

By Melinda L M

Feb 14, 2022

This course uses a dramatically older version of Excel to the the point that it is not useful for the current version. Also, the course only includes the videos, not the text-learning portion that John Hopkins University added. This makes the course not user-friendly for people with ADHD. I have no intentions of finishing this course, as it is irrelevant to the commands and menus provided in the current version of Microsoft Excel.

By Ana

Jun 12, 2020

Data set was US-centric without a ROW data option. I ended up spending more time on figuring out how to format the data rather than focusing on the course, which is s pity for several reasons:

I am an experienced xlsx user and was taking this course only to understand what the focus was on for subsequent courses, and

I was interested in doing the overall specialization as the syllabus fits my interests very much

By Lazaros C

Jan 19, 2021

There is no there is no sufficient explanation for the actions in excel. Jusy doing things and if the learner can understand them, then OK. The file of the assignment is not working, so i cannot step up to the next level as the result of the quizz is always underqualified.

Eventhough the course has various and very interesting lessons, unfortunately it is impossible to move on on.

By Heather N L

Jul 9, 2021

You sucked me into this SCAM and now I'm angry. The course was not good and you have cleverly prevented someone from cancelling the free trail. I wish there were a NEGATIVE star rating option to warn consumers from falling into this garbage trap.


Sep 11, 2020

the text files at start of course very unclear. could not proceed, as was unable to find support for help to my questions, which was disappointing

By Kshitij A

May 31, 2020

Poor sound quality. One of the answers for the quizzes could be correct for the people using older than 2019 versions of Excel.

By Anne C

Jan 21, 2020

Simple information such as the workbook for analysis is difficult to download and the teaching staff are not helpful

By Gangipelli A

Apr 13, 2020

Am not satisfied with the question given in the practice quiz . They are not given the explanation part properly

By Bianca H

Sep 4, 2020

Instructor didn't explain how the data got on the spreadsheet. He just kind of started the work.

By elias o

Oct 28, 2020

Marca como equivocadas respuestas que son correctas en los test. voy a cancelar mi suscripción

By Jeevitha

Aug 13, 2021

There is no proper way where I've stopped or which topic test I've missed. It's so clumpsy.

By Jamia B

May 18, 2020

This class is hard to follow and does not give enough practice to reinforce the skills.

By Keenan

Jul 10, 2019

Won't let me proceed to Week 2 of the course without waiting for a week. Ridiculous.

By Ali S

Jan 3, 2020


By Ritesh G

Feb 10, 2021

This is for those who is using excel for the first time.

By Joaquin R

Nov 23, 2020

The structure of the course is very confusing.

By Lisa M

Nov 20, 2020

Cant even follow or understand this training.

By Matthew J

Dec 1, 2021

All files in txt format. Rediculous

By R R

Aug 8, 2020

very easy course thankyou


Aug 16, 2019

Very bad explanations.