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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 Mitthi J S

Jul 28, 2019

Satisfied with the course!

By anass e k

May 26, 2019

great course for beginners

By Katie G

Oct 10, 2017

Learned a few new excel tr

By tsotne p

Sep 12, 2017

nice well explained course

By Mahmoud A

Feb 14, 2023

Thanks for your efforts❤️

By Gounder m s

Sep 28, 2020

liked the way of teaching

By Aminat A

Sep 27, 2020

Very interactive lectures

By Muhammad F E

Sep 12, 2020

very helpful for beginner

By Togadiya K S

Aug 16, 2020

Great course for beginner


Aug 6, 2020

Great Learning Experience

By Md. N H

Jul 12, 2020

Nice and effective course

By Nazmus S S

Nov 27, 2018

lectures are very helpful

By Kevin G

Jul 3, 2018

Very helpful with teacher

By Olivia Z

Jun 15, 2018

very useful for beginners

By Murad

Dec 24, 2020

Its really very useful .

By Shreya M

Nov 29, 2020

it was very informative.


May 25, 2020

taught very efficiently.

By Ian C

May 5, 2020

Hands on with great info

By Rajesh K

Apr 26, 2020

Good course! very useful

By Akanksha K

Jun 29, 2019

very useful for analysis

By Gutavo G

Aug 13, 2017

Good introductory course


Jan 14, 2017

Excellent course content

By Gaurav K B

Sep 19, 2021

it was good experience.

By Gajendra S

Aug 14, 2021


By saideep

Jul 29, 2021

good for excel learning