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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...

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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 Rita D

Jun 10, 2022

This was such a wonderful class to take. I am no longer afraid of Vlookups or pivot tables.

By Saurabh S

Apr 20, 2021

This course helped me a lot to learn about how the data is explored and analysed in MS Excel

By Maneet J

Jan 31, 2020

Enjoyed it! The course instructor is very good and he made everything so easy to understand.

By Yassine E H

Feb 12, 2018

Amazing course that enabled me to see the power of Excel and what it can do. Really amazing!

By Hlal A A C

Dec 5, 2016

I recommend Coursera and this course for anyone who use Excel and data analyses in business.

By WenFang W

Apr 5, 2022

This course offers common funtions in Excel that we may use a lot in daily life or at work!

By sachin s s

Jul 17, 2021

The tutor is very nice explains the things in detail and very patiently for a new learner.

By Shams D A

Dec 25, 2020

The course is very useful. The lessons here is not something that teachers teach in school.

By Alok N R 1

Oct 7, 2020

The course gave an overview of Data Analysis in excel. I was very satisfied by the course

By Kamran S

Aug 1, 2020

Thank you so much for this course. It gave me great knowledge about excel and data analysis

By Pratyush A

Jul 30, 2020

Good course, gives the basics about data analysis using Excel. The course is fairly simple.


Jul 19, 2020

for someone who is starting with excel I find it very dynamic, the lessons are well written

By Haluizio D

Jun 21, 2020

I was able to learn different tools in Excel that wil lhelp me improve my analytics skills.

By Foysal A M

May 22, 2020

It's a great course . I have learned a lot. Thanks to all who are related with this course.

By George A

May 4, 2020

This is an excellent course and I thank the Rice University for making it available online.

By 黃翰博

Mar 26, 2020

The program was designed diligently and methodically. Wonderful course for excel beginners!

By Synthia

Feb 9, 2019

This is a really good course to learn excel and an easy way to start learning stats as well

By ahmad t z

Oct 5, 2018

I am very happy with the effort I have made and the benefit I have gained from this session

By Jaime B

Aug 25, 2017

It brought me up to speed on Excel and making sure that I could understand the information.

By Summer S O

Jun 21, 2021

Great course to get you familiar with teh basic functions of using excel of data analysis

By Monalisa p

Oct 7, 2020

It helped me a lot to learn for my further studies and i had a good experience. Thank you!

By Edward D

Jun 3, 2020

Great course, well explained. May be have more practice exercises, but great nonetheless.

By Ian D

Mar 10, 2018

Perfectly suited for beginner or those looking for thorough review of basic data analysis.

By Johnny d S

Dec 4, 2016

Interesting course to brush up already acquired knowledge in Excel and add up more skills.

By Baraka L M

Jun 25, 2022

Take the course and enjoy all clear instructions (language and quality and short videos)