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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...

Top reviews


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 Charles M

Feb 23, 2018

Great introduction to analyzing data with Excel, pivot charts and graphs.

By Bhagyshri P

Mar 23, 2021

its really good course help me understand basic like VLOOKUP and hlookup

By Anar A

Dec 6, 2020

It is good course. I knew new things in charts (Chart with pivot tables)

By sienna m l

Nov 16, 2020

It is very helpful specially for someone struggling in navigating excel.

By Leonovie S

Oct 24, 2020

Very useful and informative course. Recommended for beginner. Thank you.

By Koushik K

Aug 27, 2020

Very helpful and an easiest way to learn the data analysis through Excel

By Imantha D

Aug 21, 2020

I improved my knowledge very much from this course. Thank you very much.

By TimZhu

Jun 28, 2020

Great course to me! It offers me some fundamental features on the excel.

By Tim S

Oct 16, 2016

Learned so much! excellent. Challenging tests and interesting lectures

By Yahya M A S

Dec 6, 2022

This course was very good

Thanks for instructor for this great material

By Tammy W

Oct 15, 2020

The lessons are divided into bite-sized and easy to follow each lesson.

By Carolina A

Jun 13, 2020

The course is so friendly, easy to achieve, good excercises, thank you!

By Sandalu A

May 27, 2020

This course covers data analysis and visualising capabilities of Excel.

By Niraj

May 8, 2019

It was a great course, and I loved how it helped me learn more about ex

By Sushrut P

May 6, 2021

Best Experience of learning with Prof. Sharad Borle . Thankyou so much

By Sahib Q

Nov 29, 2020

I learned a lot of material in this short course. Highly Recommended!

By Vasundhara R

Sep 23, 2020

Right pace, easily explained, great teaching. Very good for Beginners.


Jul 2, 2020

Excellent explanation. The apprehension i have for excel is gone now.

By Rohan S

Apr 18, 2020

wow! Just completed this amazing course. Hats off to Sharad Borle sir.

By Diễm M

Aug 21, 2019

Great course with professional professor. I love it. Thank you so much

By jorge l

Jun 4, 2018

Good to review basic excel and one issues I did not use before. thanks

By Richa B

Mar 19, 2017

Loved it! The pace is perfect and the instructions are easy to follow.

By Prashant

Aug 16, 2021

Really a good learning experience , useful for day to day functioning

By 杜思宇

Nov 30, 2019

It was amazing, the content is very clear and useful, I learnt a lot.

By Stefan B

Aug 28, 2018

Excellent crash course of the most important Excel business functions