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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 Dhruv G

Aug 18, 2020

Good course for learning to use a wide variety of tools in Excel. Perfect for beginners!


Jun 27, 2020

This is very using and informative one and easy to go with the procedures.good teaching.

By John C K K

Jun 12, 2020

Good introduction into ways to use Excel for data analytics. Focuses on important stuff.

By Brian B

Apr 23, 2020

Excellent class. Instruction was clear and concise. I learned a lot and was challenged.

By George L

Oct 28, 2017

Loved it. All the information I needed to get started in a wonderfully presented format.

By Venkata A

Aug 11, 2021

one of the best Courses in Coursera every one should take this course to Excel in Excel

By Anuj N

Aug 29, 2020

If you are interested in data analysis and want a good start this is the course for you

By José A G

Jan 2, 2018

Excellent course with the basic tools that everybody who works in business have to know

By Nitesh G

Jul 11, 2017

This course is really helpful for those who want the basic knowledge of Data Analytics.

By Stephanie S

Dec 28, 2016

Very helpful, enlightening and interesting! Thank you so much for offering this course!

By Agang N

Aug 18, 2022

The excel data may have had a few technical issues but overall the course was top tier

By Luis E G y G

Nov 15, 2020

A great course, it starts from basic and i found it very useful and clearly explained.

By William K

Oct 10, 2020

Excellent course for those looking to gain data analysis skills using Microsoft Excel.


May 21, 2020

This course helped me to understand excel as its a part of tomorrows corporate world .

By shyamal

Mar 10, 2020

Its a very good course and the concepts and knowledge give in this course is precious.

By R M r s

Aug 19, 2019

As a beginner it was a wonderful journey to learn this course which enhance my skills.

By Laila W

Jul 20, 2017

Excellent course.. Thank you. I used this immediately and it immensely helped at work.


Jul 14, 2021

Its an excellent opportunity for all organizational employees for their career growth

By Elliot F

Sep 20, 2020

The lessons are very explicit being new to Data Analysis. Thanks for the opportunity!

By Joseph H

Sep 6, 2020

Very great course and easy to understand. It has made my professional work very easy.

By Rathmalgodage J U S

Jul 15, 2020

Excellent course. Recommend everyone who is willing to learn Excel. Lecturer is best.

By Shubham R

Jul 9, 2020

Good course, worthwhile. Problems are realistic and length of videos is also perfect.

By Didarul A R

Jun 11, 2020

A great introductory course about Microsoft Excel and course teacher is really great.

By Sharad D M

Apr 16, 2020

Its good for beginner & very much information to build reports in professional levels

By Apurva G

Apr 9, 2020

The awesome Excel functions enthralled me and I got to learn something very powerful.