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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 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.

By Noelle F

Mar 6, 2018

Great course, the explanations covered everything, very well put together. Thank you!

By Guido J C

Sep 22, 2020

Great course, helped me achieve some of the tasks I had to do for my day to day work

By Diego S S R

Aug 19, 2020

Very good course, to get into the world of Excel and practice your level of English.

By Ana K S A

Jun 15, 2020

It was a sensational course, I learned too much and it made me know more about excel

By Kondapalli V K

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By Solomon G

Mar 31, 2019

It was difficult for a beginner at Excel but the knowledge gained was well worth it.

By Raghav D

Dec 9, 2018

A very interesting introductory course, structured well, can be give around 5 hours.

By Tucker M

Sep 20, 2018

Really helpful course on how to use the most common functions and features in excel.

By Gregorio C

Feb 28, 2021

Clear Explanation of Each Topic and Tasks. Nice and effective excercises and tests.

By Cuello B J

Oct 23, 2020

Great course, i learn a lot about excel. This will be useful when i'm a profesional

By Jesspaz S

Sep 18, 2020

Nice course. I really learned a lot. I am now confident on my excel skills. Thanks.

By Shafiqul I S

Aug 15, 2020

It was an excellent course. I enjoyed very much to learn data analysis using excel.

By Preeti V

Apr 24, 2020

This course is really good and instructor is also very best in his way of teaching.

By Asmat u

Mar 30, 2020

This is an exceller course for learners seeking to learn professional excel skills.

By Prateek M

Feb 25, 2020

It was great and insightful. Thanks, coursera for providing me such an opportunity.

By Shivam B

Jan 6, 2018

By learning data analysis using explore one can easily learn the basics of MS-Excel

By Yoe

Sep 23, 2017

Thanks a lot! This course helps me much, and I will go on with this specialization!

By Piyush A

Jun 2, 2017

It was a great course and I have learned to use tools that I had never used before.

By Pradeep K M

Aug 19, 2021

Covered important topics in excel which has enhanced the Excel working knowledge .

By Nanthakumar M

Apr 13, 2021

Nicely Organised Course,which provides good knowledge on Data Analysis Using Excel

By Alpha L

Nov 1, 2020

Very helpful course. If you are into data analysis you've got to take this course.