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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...

Top reviews

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.

May 25, 2020

The training provided by Dr. Sharad is easy to follow and learn. Bravo and Thank you.\n\nThe level of difficulty from the quiz and the final task is just right and it is making us to think creatively.

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Nov 10, 2020

The course was very easy to follow and understand. Very informative.

By Mounesh B

Jul 28, 2020

Quiz material is really good. It gives good practise on excel skills

By Piyal s

Jul 26, 2020

A well planned course to give the taste of excel based data analysis

By Sonam C (

Jun 1, 2020

It was really helpful and i have learn a lot about excel. Thank you.

By Nandita S

May 3, 2020

illustrated examples were very useful in understanding the concepts.

By Pablo A

Jun 17, 2018

Great Course, It helps to refresh and get new knowledge about Excel.

By Scott D

Mar 22, 2018

A very helpful refresher for the basic but necessary skills of Excel

By Shubham

Oct 29, 2017

It was a great learning experience and I hope to learn further more.

By Shrenik

Jul 4, 2017

Definitely a must course for those who wants to start learning Excel

By jamal i

Mar 14, 2021

Thank you so much rice university for providing great excel course.

By Gizelle L D C

Nov 28, 2020

The explanation of the lesson is very clear and easy to understand.


Sep 18, 2020

Excellent for beginners

Gave me a lot of confidence after completion


Sep 1, 2020

Very Helpful course for beginners. The questions are well designed.

By Jorge A G C

Jul 22, 2020

Muy buen curso los ejercicios exigen poner en práctica lo aprendido

By Suchi M

Jun 7, 2020


By Kenil G

Jun 1, 2020

It an very good and informative course with fantastic explaination.

By Biplab B

Feb 27, 2020

Very well structured course. Lots of exercises to improve yourself.


Feb 1, 2020

Nice course to refresh Excel knowledge in case you have experience.

By Faizan A

Dec 10, 2018

The only thing which I didn't like is the low volume in the videos.

By Luis C

Aug 21, 2017

Much better than I anticipated. Videos are short, but very concise.

By Migdoel R

Aug 4, 2021

Excellent. I am looking forward to study the next course on Excel.

By Nicoue E K

Mar 18, 2021

Very well put together to get a jump on Data Analysis using Excel.

By Jarrel N M

Nov 24, 2020

It was nice... As it discusses I follow along ang open a data file

By Amelia A

Aug 30, 2020

The instruction is very clear, and the quiz is challenging enough!


Aug 8, 2020

Bastante completo, sencillo y bien explicado. ¡Muy buen contenido!