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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.\n\nThe 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 Efua T

Jul 16, 2020

After the course, key basic concepts I failed to grasp in my previous studies became very easy to understand

By Yuliya S

Jan 10, 2020

Easy to follow instructions and forums will help you with your questions. You will learn useful skills in ex

By Amadi G N

Oct 10, 2019

I would say this course contain great contents with good exercises to shape you properly for analysis skill.

By John C

Dec 20, 2017

Excellent Course. quality content and really make people get familiar with data analysis with excel easily!!

By Isabella M D

Nov 9, 2020

Me pareció un curso muy bueno, incluso para personas con un bajo conocimiento de excel. Le recomiendo mucho


Sep 6, 2020

Es un curso muy interactivo y completo, y el instructor hace fácil la comprensión de los temas. Excelente.


Jun 9, 2017

Definitely love this course, and I do learn a lot of knowledge about Excel from Professor Borle. Thank you.

By Valentina C

Apr 2, 2017

Excellent professor and good course for start learning Excel!!! Basics on formulas, pivot table and charts.

By H W

Sep 28, 2020

With excellent explaining and demonstrating of excel skill from the prof. Sharad! Thanks for the teaching~

By Franz M

Aug 4, 2020

Hi! Very interest and detail training. With these steps we can run some different tests and practice more.

By Samuel G

Apr 8, 2020

Great interactive course thats easy to understand for beginners. The title of the course fits the content.

By pushpa a

Jun 20, 2017

Instructor did a great job covering variety of basic excel skill, they were easy to follow and understand.

By Beatriz F

Nov 1, 2020

Easy to understand course. The exercises are very relevant and will get you thinking through the course!

By Ankit S

Sep 15, 2020

It was an amazing experience .

Most helpful to master the basics of excel.

Easy way for data manipulation.

By David R C

Sep 11, 2020

excelente curso, dan herramientas muy utilies, pero les recomiendo hacer las pruebas y examen en español

By Akhil K R

Aug 21, 2020

Greatly explained, needs a lot of practice to get good at this. 10/10 for the faculties teaching styles.

By José A J V

May 29, 2020

Las explicaciones son claras, aunque lo ideal seria que los cuestionarios también estuvieran en español.


May 5, 2020

Excel is essential in professional environment . Professor is brilliant and classes are worth your time.


Apr 28, 2020


By Khumbulani F M

Jan 15, 2020

The course is essential in setting a foundation in using excel. All course material was succinct and eas

By Lizzie Z

Jun 3, 2019

Great, I learned basis skills of data analysis using excel. And next I would learn more advanced courses

By Farhad

Jul 26, 2017

Great course. Finally I know all the things I needed to know while i was doing project at my university.

By Aderoju, P A

Sep 3, 2020

Great learning experience. The instructor was very detailed in his approach. Thank you Rice University.

By Anita Y

Aug 26, 2020

Very well designed course. Delivery was very good. Course content was explained properly and logically.


Mar 25, 2017

The course structure is set keeping in mind that even Beginners can do the course without any problem.