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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 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.

By Megha T

Sep 16, 2020

The Practice exercises are very well made, they thoroughly test the concept understanding.

By Mohammad M A C

May 12, 2020

Professor Sharold is an amazing teacher I am lucky to be his student. May Allah bless him.

By Muhammad I Y S

Apr 21, 2019

A very good course, but I'd say its too basic and could be explained a bit more precisely.

By Afua A

Jul 17, 2020

the course was very helpful and enabled me to understand basic concepts of data analysing

By Alec R

Mar 4, 2019

Helped to become more familiar and comfortable with the more difficult concepts of excel.

By T G K

Apr 6, 2021

I Have learned more thing about Excel and they have shared valueble point to. Thank you


Jul 24, 2020

I think this is a wonderful introduction to using excel to manipulate data of any kind.

By Gigi J

May 3, 2020

The course was very much helpful. It started with basics and then took to complex part.

By Lluís M

Nov 5, 2017

It is really and introduction to Excel. Good exercises to practice and remember things

By Shubham S

Aug 31, 2019

A great course to learn the excel tools. Really enjoyed doing it. Fun and Informative

By Kailash T

Jul 23, 2021

Help me understanding the use of excel and now I can use proficiently. Thanks a lot.

By Pablo C H O

Aug 6, 2020

Algunas secciones no contaban con traducción al español por lo demás excelente curso

By Abhishek S

Aug 1, 2020

materials are really well put and explained. easy to follow and complete the course.

By Wan M F b A R

Jul 23, 2019

Absolutely a good course for a beginner. Nice videos and fair quizzes been provided.

By Aaron B

Feb 18, 2019

a very good primer on using basic excel functions to learn how to analyze data sets.

By Pooja V

Jul 17, 2018

As a beginner, I found this course extremely helpful in developing my excel skills.

By Vikas V

Jun 10, 2018

Very well organized.Structured wayMany topics covered.Nice set of questions in quiz

By Hillary T

Jul 26, 2017

Great course. Only drawback is that it is for PC and I took the course using a Mac.

By Ana L

Sep 22, 2020

Me gustaría el audio en español, ya que se prestaría mas atención a las técnicas.-


Apr 24, 2020

I really enjoyed course, bust the histogram d=should g=have been explained better.

By Pallavi H

Apr 23, 2019

Overall good learning yet it would be fun if there were more examples to play with


Feb 25, 2018

The instructor is very good ,it's good way to start your analysis with this course

By Yen B

Nov 19, 2016

A course help me a lot in Excel. I can apply what I have learned in my daily work.