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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


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 Diego F

Jan 23, 2018

This course explains the basic for data manipulation and very useful tools to clean data and organize it.

By Sriram A P

Apr 22, 2020

Could be much more better if some advanced excel options and other data analysis methods are introduced.

By saptarshi

Feb 14, 2020

The professor was quite meticulous with teaching. The weekly quizzes were challenging and satisfactory.

By J S

May 20, 2017

I enjoyed the course, learned a few useful items. Looking forward to next courses in the specialization.

By Joaquin M D

Sep 27, 2020

It was a good review. The examples were brilliant and will immediately help you execute the learnings

By Reina G

Feb 17, 2021

Overall, I enjoyed this course and it has encouraged me to continue to learn more about the subject.

By leong s y

Oct 7, 2018

Great course!I learn a lot of basic excel, and the course content is easy to follow and understand~!

By li z

Oct 8, 2017

It's useful, but the content is for only entry to intermediate level. I feel it's too simple for me.

By Hui H

Oct 29, 2016

Easy for a novice and very useful, but It would be better if there are more materials for each week.

By Jean H W

Feb 4, 2021

The course needs to use newer version of Excel. The lesson on histogram needs to be more in depth.

By Sanket J G

Jul 7, 2020

This course explain well the basic concept of data analysis using excel.

I really enjoy the course.

By Amit K

Mar 29, 2018

The course was very useful & also the teaching style of the professor was very easy to understand.

By Margaret S

Jun 1, 2022

The videos were helpful, when they played, but I definietly had to go back a few times in week 3.

By Jon K M

Jul 24, 2018

Really good course overall. Some of the practice problems needed a bit more detail in the set-up.

By Tim L

Apr 24, 2018

A great place to start if you are new to Excel, a little basic for those with good Excel skills.

By Akshay H

May 1, 2017

One of the best online course available for data analysis using Excel as main tool for analysis.

By Anita P

Apr 12, 2020

All the excel formulae if added and introduced to would also have been very helpful. Thank you.

By Shubhankit K

Apr 14, 2018

It is a nice , to the point course. It would be better if there are some more diverse examples.

By naveen j

May 5, 2021

Please do provide the step of the solution for the quiz. it will help us to learn more better.

By Paolo R

Jan 26, 2023

Very very good course. The only downside is that there aren't pdf notes of the course lesson.

By Ben A

Jan 7, 2022

Great intro to Excel with clear videos (audio a tad soft) and great practice exercises/tests.

By Alice T

Jun 19, 2020

For a complete beginner, it's a very clear and straightforward course, yet still challenging.

By Kumar U

Jul 9, 2020

Great course with tests that verify your conceptual understanding and implementation skills.

By Rifat M

May 30, 2020

The volume in the videos were too low. But the course was great. Very easily understandable.

By 志叡 林

Oct 11, 2016

Useful, helping the entry level excel user to be more familiar with excel function and tips.