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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 26, 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 28, 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 Saddam H

Jun 03, 2020

Very good course for data analysis and very helping for efficient report by easily analyzing data

By Saifullah A M

Jun 03, 2020

so much helpful to gain knowledge about the aspects of MS Excel. It will surely make you EXCELLED!

By Ghazi T A

Apr 18, 2020

Excellent course in terms of content and applicability. Highly recommended for everyone out there!

By Ian K K

Sep 05, 2019

Very easy to navigate and the lectures are bite-sized, making it easier to maintain concentration.

By raphael k

Jul 26, 2019

Well taught and clearly presented. The exam materials challenge you to think. Extremely relevant.

By spandana

Oct 08, 2016

Awesome course for beginners. Explanation with examples are really good and easily understandable.

By Asdrúbal C R

Aug 27, 2020

Bastante bueno, enfocado en la practica y los contenidos explicados de manera sencilla y concisa.


May 19, 2020

this course helps me in understand various application of excel which may help to build my career

By Toni F

Feb 05, 2019

This class was great. I have a much better understanding of V Lookups and pivot charts. Thank yo!

By Lot H S

May 02, 2017


By Dinara T

Sep 13, 2020

Even though I had questions during the course, I loved skills I have learned. Strongly recommend

By Ajay K S

Jun 26, 2020

PROFESSOR SHARAD is a gem be it teaching, or way of teaching. Pleasure learning from him.


By Shafayet h

Jun 02, 2020

Informative. Good and real life example. Teaching style is perfect. I really enjoy this course!

By Bipin R A

May 30, 2020

This gave a basic foundation of excel spreadsheet for data analysis, was awesome to start with.

By Diogo B

May 09, 2020

Very well explained and the exercises help a lot to understand the content. Will advise others.

By Manuel A

Feb 05, 2020

Excelente curso para introducirnos en el mundo de los datos en los negocios. lo recomiendo 100%

By Lalit G

Jul 31, 2019

It was vert nice and informative...Good for anyone in statistics and data analysis using excel.

By Jervaunie K L

Jun 21, 2020

I am honored to complete this course and will be looming forward into completing more courses.

By Talanee H

Apr 19, 2020

Very pleased with this course. I've taken a similar one and this one was better in my opinion.

By Binh N

Apr 08, 2017

It is very helpful course, it give me a lot of fundamental knowledge in Excel to analyze data.

By Daniel I

Jan 11, 2017

It is easy to follow and very useful. I have discovered many tools to improve my use of excel.

By Jose P A M

Aug 18, 2020

Very basic but good information, good intro course. I'll continue on with the specialization.

By AryaN

Apr 27, 2020

A nice enough short course! But didn't include more advanced topics like data validation etc.

By Havish M

Nov 05, 2017

As an experienced user of Excel, I found the course challenging, and exceptionally well-made!

By Kerry W

Apr 06, 2017

very detailed and clear intro and examples in the course on the very essential tools in Excel