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About the Course

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 Samin U W

Jan 15, 2019

An excellent introduction of industry standard Excel

By Linglu M

Jun 21, 2017

Learned a lot about Excel just in one month! Amazing

By Sathya S

Jun 8, 2017

Extremely useful tools learnt with clarity and ease!

By akshay b

Jun 5, 2017

Great material and very opt exam questions ! Thanks.

By Prateek G

Jan 14, 2017

This is one of finest course in excel i came across


Aug 9, 2021


By raju g

Aug 7, 2021

good learning skilled progrom for organization work

By Meenakshi S

Jul 26, 2021

Excellent course which is very useful for our work.


Feb 12, 2021

I am very happy and I appreciate how we have learnt

By AbhiRam S

Aug 26, 2020

Excellent Teacher. Explained in very effective way!

By Daniela J R

Aug 11, 2020

Good course, looking forward to start the next one.

By Ernesto T

Jul 9, 2018

Great introduction to business analysis using Excel

By Nour N

Oct 24, 2017

The course was smooth, interactive and very helpful

By Ahila

Mar 3, 2017

Great course for Beginners and mid level. Thank you

By Ceri M

Dec 12, 2016

Great very easy to follow and good videos and sound

By Mark G

Oct 24, 2016

Very nice introduction to vlookup and pivot tables.


Aug 4, 2021

This course is Very helpful for every professional

By Nourin M A

Nov 2, 2020

Very useful course. taught really well. thank you.


Jul 28, 2020


By Panchami N

Jun 7, 2020

It was very fun to learn and was very informative!

By Matthew P

May 29, 2020

Good instruction on some key business excel skills

By Sandeep C

Mar 11, 2019

Brilliant content. Concepts were explained very we

By lakshya b

Jan 4, 2019


By Jeonghwan J

Jul 16, 2018

good to way to learn wherever I work b excel using

By Mahua M

Nov 29, 2017

It is realy raly good course.I learn lot in Excel.