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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


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 Abena M A

Nov 11, 2020

Great course outline. I hope the sound and lecture videos are enhanced.

By Souvik D

Sep 8, 2020

Excellent course to learn about data analysis for beginners. Thank you.

By Hosam M

Aug 13, 2020

good instructor, but need more in depth info about analysis using excel

By Renier B

Nov 9, 2019

Good course, mainly the pivot tables and advanced tables were of value

By anat a

Jul 17, 2019

I thought I knew better.

good instructor and an important refinement.

By Rahul R

Nov 26, 2020

Great for beginners for learning about Data Analysis using MS Excel


Sep 4, 2020

a great course with the principal functions to use in the real life

By Jaime M

Jul 6, 2017

Very helpful, even if you use Excel daily you can learn specific to

By Irene S

Nov 30, 2016

A nice course for begginers in excel which includes business data.

By Travis J

Nov 16, 2018

very good for basic intro but the quizzes were a little too easy.

By Giselle W

Oct 3, 2020

Very good lectures, graded assignments are challenging however.

By Vitor M

Aug 28, 2020

It would have been better to do more practical quizzes on Excel

By Yeoh A N

Jun 4, 2020

i like the fact that there are practices to enhance my learning

By Saif A K

May 10, 2020

Video lectures could have been more vivid related to the exams.

By Shatadal S

May 3, 2020

nice and easy course to brush up your introductory excel skills

By Daniel B

May 17, 2022

The content is excellent. Consider updating the Excel version.


Aug 5, 2020

Course was fantastic!Needs more assignment problem ststements.

By Tim W

Dec 3, 2019

Excellent Course! Very clear videos and good practice quizzes!

By roc t

Dec 29, 2018

Would have gotten 5 Stars but the course was not in Excel 2016

By Rahul J

Jun 9, 2020

A good refresher course for advanced level of Excel learning.

By bushra

Jan 10, 2020

some final questions in tests were not clearly understandable

By Kefan C

Dec 11, 2019

great course, some skills are very useful. great for beginner

By Mark S

Feb 5, 2018

Quite basic course, useful first tips for those new to Excel.

By Grace H

Sep 10, 2017

I learned a lot! It would be more helpful with more practice.

By Hunain G M

May 21, 2020

Great course for someone who wants to get the gist of excel.