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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 Maram G

Jul 28, 2018

I found the exams is so difficult related the explanation

By Jonathan S

Aug 23, 2021

A basic overview of basic Excel functionality.

By Rachid B

Sep 11, 2017

Nice, but needs update for new excel version

By Magaret

Oct 30, 2020

Learnt alot of excel tools from this lesson

By İpek Z

Mar 20, 2022

I wish to getthe solutions for the quizzes

By Subha V

Mar 15, 2017

It was very basic. No additional reading.

By Blake C

May 18, 2022

informative but pretty dryly presented

By Zakaria F

May 5, 2020

try to add more detail its too basic

By Antonio G H

Sep 22, 2019

Practical but is missing more detail

By pentesh s

Aug 18, 2021

improve the video quality all modes

By Andrea C

Jul 5, 2021

End of quizes ar very difficult

By Kuvam U

Jun 8, 2021

The voice in videos is too low

By kailash s

Mar 18, 2021

way explain should be batter

By Nalini R W

Mar 11, 2019

Question is very tricky :(

By Narsin A

Jun 28, 2022

It was very beginner level

By Liew Z A

Apr 7, 2020

Hard to solve without hint

By Dr. J K A

May 15, 2021

It wasn't easy course

By Bharat M

Feb 23, 2021

Little slow

By Gabriel F H

Aug 21, 2017

Very basic.

By Prateek A

May 19, 2018

very basic

By Umberto C

Mar 1, 2018

Too basic

By saber e a

Mar 6, 2021

nice one


Jul 30, 2021

not bad

By Heiko K

Aug 4, 2019

The course has a lot of potential, but some questions in the quizz are very ill posed, not clear, and ambiguous. I am surprised that this course has passed the usually high quality barriers of Coursera. The course would benefit greatly from well structured and clearly defined questions in the quizz. Either a little bit more text explaining what the questions is looking for or a short example.

By Saravana P S

May 9, 2020

This is just an Excel basics course. But the word Data Analysis misguides, as if this is at some advanced or at moderate level. Those who have working experience in excel may not find this course interesting or may not get much of new learnings. It teaches about some commonly used features in excel. Thats it! This has nothing to do with data analysis.