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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 26, 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.


Apr 28, 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 Pooja M

Jun 22, 2017

Very simple to understand the basic functions

By Tom S

Apr 13, 2017

Very useful, well balanced course. Thank you.

By Федор Е

Mar 22, 2017

Well explained, good examples, easy to learn.

By Naz

Dec 16, 2016

a great course. it made online learning easy.

By Andrew Z

Jul 25, 2020

Methodical, understantable, well structured.

By Ishir C

Mar 31, 2020

Easy to understand, well-paced, informative.

By Luis A

Apr 29, 2019

Excellent first step to understanding excel!

By Lynn

Nov 21, 2018

Clear and Concise. Really enjoy this course!

By Sanjeevni S

Jul 18, 2017

Very Helpful and Interesting, well explained

By Saiful R

Aug 30, 2020

Great to know using spreadsheet to analysis

By Shreyashi R

Jun 21, 2020

The course was very interesting and helpful

By Tarık K

Oct 17, 2019

Great Professor and well tailored syylabus.


Jul 22, 2020

Excellent course for working professionals


Jun 12, 2020

Awesome Course with very good assignments!

By Mohan S

Apr 16, 2020



By Padmapriyadarshini

Jan 01, 2019

Excellent course! Thanks to the instructor

By Pawandeep S M

May 05, 2018

Good examples and hands on practice tests.


Dec 26, 2017

Thank you! I learnt a lot of new concepts.

By Georgina T M

Aug 20, 2020

Very interesting and challenging as well.

By Paolo N

May 03, 2020

The teacher guides you through in detail.

By Vanessa

Apr 11, 2020

Excellent content and very well explained

By prerna k s

Aug 07, 2019

Very useful and helpful. Well Explained .

By Nguyen T H

Jun 10, 2019

Great way to start your analytics career.

By Camilo S

May 17, 2019

Extraordinary course. Simple and powerful

By Akshay S

Aug 14, 2017

Explained concepts in an excellent manner