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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


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 Joshua H

May 20, 2020

I learnt some new skills but there is a serious disconnect between the teaching materials and the assessments, the assessments are significantly harder and you are not given any opportunity to practice before the assessment!

By Nupur

Jun 24, 2020

The audio quality of the course is extremely poor, can barely hear the professor. Please check assessment of Week 2, I have tried multiple methods and got the same result however it keeps showing as incorrect.

By Ifeanacho I N

Aug 14, 2020

The lecture delivery is not bad, But the quiz exercises are unnecessarily difficult and sometimes, totally unrelated to the lecture. it makes it difficult for one to move to the next stage.

By Mathilde S

Mar 17, 2021

The level was considerably lower than expected and the pace slower too. Instructions are specific to one version on Excel and were not applicable to my version.

By Song S

May 23, 2019

It's too simple, and the courses are kind of redundant. Maybe it is proper for those who have never used Excel. For other people, the courses are too easy.

By Wim D

Nov 27, 2016

Pretty basic course with a lot of 'dead time' not really learning anything about Excel. Tutor should consider a few more advanced and useful topics.

By Jasmine F

Sep 5, 2020

Very basic course, course certificate has no university logo on it. Not worth the money.

By Emily C

Jan 20, 2021


By MD. T R

Jun 18, 2020

voice of the instructor is not clear. Weekly assignments are not so friendly too.

By Kunal S

Oct 15, 2020

This course is a basic course with really tough graded assignments.


Apr 12, 2020

bada muskil course hai , kuch samajh ni aya .... its very hard

By Jesus L V E

Apr 5, 2020

No en todos los videos los subtítulos están es español.

By Dr. S W

Jul 11, 2020

Questions asked were in a very difficult manner.

By Mitchell G

Dec 26, 2017

Money maker for University. Cheers to Ric


Jun 28, 2020


By David S G M

Jan 25, 2021

I was waiting more data analysis.

By Anna G

Nov 6, 2020

Course is very limited.

By Carlos T

Feb 27, 2020

Very basic.

By Dustin L

Apr 19, 2018

too esay

By Melinda L M

Feb 14, 2022

This course uses a dramatically older version of Excel to the the point that it is not useful for the current version. Also, the course only includes the videos, not the text-learning portion that John Hopkins University added. This makes the course not user-friendly for people with ADHD. I have no intentions of finishing this course, as it is irrelevant to the commands and menus provided in the current version of Microsoft Excel.

By Ana

Jun 12, 2020

Data set was US-centric without a ROW data option. I ended up spending more time on figuring out how to format the data rather than focusing on the course, which is s pity for several reasons:

I am an experienced xlsx user and was taking this course only to understand what the focus was on for subsequent courses, and

I was interested in doing the overall specialization as the syllabus fits my interests very much

By Lazaros C

Jan 19, 2021

There is no there is no sufficient explanation for the actions in excel. Jusy doing things and if the learner can understand them, then OK. The file of the assignment is not working, so i cannot step up to the next level as the result of the quizz is always underqualified.

Eventhough the course has various and very interesting lessons, unfortunately it is impossible to move on on.

By Heather N L

Jul 9, 2021

You sucked me into this SCAM and now I'm angry. The course was not good and you have cleverly prevented someone from cancelling the free trail. I wish there were a NEGATIVE star rating option to warn consumers from falling into this garbage trap.


Sep 11, 2020

the text files at start of course very unclear. could not proceed, as was unable to find support for help to my questions, which was disappointing

By Kshitij A

May 31, 2020

Poor sound quality. One of the answers for the quizzes could be correct for the people using older than 2019 versions of Excel.