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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 Eduardo S C

Jul 31, 2020

Excelent Course to learn Basic Excel Fundamentals

By Lili P

Jul 16, 2020

Easy to understand and a bit challenging as well!

By Mitesh P J

Jul 4, 2020

I really enjoyed these course!! Thanks for Excel!

By Shreeparna G

May 18, 2020

It is great course. Absolutely beginner friendly.


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May 3, 2020

Excellent course to learn data analysis via excel

By amit m

Mar 29, 2020

an excellent and lucid explanation for beginners.

By Chandana D

May 9, 2018

It was fun. Easy and fast to learn. Thanks a lot!

By vincentdata

May 10, 2017

explain very clearly and give me big help, thanks

By Alex D

Apr 5, 2017

Thorough and at the same time easy to understand.

By Daniel M

Jan 13, 2023

Really great explains and straight to the point.

By Wilson W

Mar 8, 2021

the course was good but challenging on questions

By Lumen B

Mar 3, 2021

very easy to understand. Thanks Coursera and DOL

By Jaime C

Jan 30, 2021

Very interesting content with useful information

By Saulo M

Sep 2, 2019

Thank you.. Great introduction to Data Analysis!


Feb 13, 2019

Great presentation, and very useful information.

By Amanpreet C

Dec 10, 2022

Amazing course

all concepts are nicely explained

By Maggie M Y

Jan 23, 2022

I really enjoyed learning and completing exams.


Jul 27, 2021

This course will be helpful in daily basis work

By Ryan C

Dec 28, 2020

Great materials and aid to enhance my XL skills


Jul 8, 2020

Thank you for great lectures and presentations.

By Dhiraj J

Jul 2, 2020

The course was very good and got to learn a lot

By Malik M K

Jun 11, 2020

Helped me gain some practical insights on excel

By Saurav K

May 20, 2020

Awesome course with all basic covered in excel.

By Ravindra R B

Apr 25, 2020

course content was good and easy understanding.