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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 Jessica L

Jun 24, 2020

Easy to follow, fun examples and exams!

By rohit s

Jan 16, 2018

good for learning and gaining knowledge

By Shrinivas K

Jun 27, 2017

A wonderful course covering the basics!

By Leah K

Sep 2, 2021

Very detailed yet brief.Great Course!

By Tejas m s

Aug 13, 2021

It was very helpful and upto the point

By kailas j

Jul 21, 2021

great knowledge about excel thanks sir

By Jia E W

May 18, 2021

Very practical and well-taught course!

By Yuting

Mar 31, 2021

Very useful skills for excel beginners

By Fortune M

Mar 15, 2021

great course to up skill data analysis

By Omvignesh P

Mar 8, 2021

It was very useful for the beginner's.

By Chris M M

Dec 3, 2020

The discussions are very comprehensive

By John P G P

Jul 11, 2020

Excellent! I learned new ways in excel


May 27, 2020

Great Course to learn and use of tools

By Hari C

May 24, 2020

Great Course with great practise tests

By Ruvarashe M

Apr 29, 2020

Enjoyed it. Clear and straightforward!

By Ahmed H

Dec 24, 2018

Thanks A lot it is very useful course

By Vallabh P M

Dec 9, 2018

Excellent content, fluently explained.

By Mitchell C

May 29, 2018

Great course for advanced excel topics

By Anil P

Sep 10, 2017

Simple but efficient, and informative.

By Agnes T

Feb 19, 2017

Great Course! Concise and well taught.

By Julia B

Dec 14, 2016

Audited this course- very helpful, eas

By Anurag K P R S D o M E I (

Aug 29, 2022

very infromative course and structure

By Sikander C

Aug 24, 2021

great course for xls function learner

By Maridel L C

Nov 23, 2020

Thank You! It was a great experience!

By Rose Y

Oct 22, 2020

Taught me the basics well. Thank you!