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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 Fiona N S L

Feb 22, 2019

A very detail and structure explanation by the lecturer.

By Thomas C

Dec 27, 2016

the course is absolutly a 'must' for gaining new skills.

By abhishek k

Mar 23, 2023

Learnt a lot of new concepts and its application area.

By A Y

Mar 9, 2023

The was very helpful and I hope to have specialization.

By Rajendra d s

Aug 9, 2021

very nice presentation of excel work easy to understand

By Karl C A

Nov 24, 2020

I learned many things thanks to this course God bless!!

By abhishek k

Aug 1, 2020

Thanks coursera and rice univrsity for this learning!!!

By Nishanth B

Jun 7, 2020



May 9, 2020

Very nice course espicially the quizes after each video

By 김동환

Apr 16, 2020

Helpful to understand doing basic statistics with Excel


Apr 9, 2020

Excellent Teaching with examples by Sharad Sir !!!!!!!!

By 小柠檬

Jul 31, 2019

it is really good. i learned a lot of practical skills.

By Albert C

Feb 21, 2019

Very easy and basic course but very useful and hands-on

By Sean E B

Sep 26, 2017

Great course. Easy to understand lectures, nice quizes.

By Eduardo P

Feb 2, 2023

It is an excellent course and has very good exercises.


Mar 14, 2022

Otimo curso, didático e com atividades bem elaboradas.

By Naomi S J

Sep 14, 2021

lessons were easy to understand and put into practice.

By T. S H

Jul 27, 2021

Very good course and informative and easy for learners

By Karol P S

Dec 5, 2020

No sabía que la herramienta tenía tantas aplicaciones!

By Fahad S

Nov 5, 2020

It was an excellent course and I learnt a lot from it.

By Jeevan H

Aug 2, 2020

Really good course for basics in excel. Thank you, sir

By Irtiza A I

Jun 24, 2020

Very smart and perfectly organized. Highly recommended

By Dennis S

Mar 25, 2020

very quiz based, making it easy to master the concepts

By Savinay K S

Nov 18, 2019

Very easy to grasp and understand, great for beginners


Aug 2, 2019

This course is very useful for data analysis in excel.