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About the Course

In an age now driven by "big data", we need to cut through the noise and present key information in a way that can be quickly consumed and acted upon making data visualization an increasingly important skill. Visualizations need to not only present data in an easy to understand and attractive way, but they must also provide context for the data, tell a story, achieving that fine balance between form and function. Excel has many rivals in this space, but it is still an excellent choice, particularly if it's where your data resides. It offers a wealth of tools for creating visualizations other than charts and the chart options available are constantly increasing and improving, so the newer versions now include waterfall charts, sunburst diagrams and even map charts. But what sets Excel apart is its flexibility, it gives us total creative control over our designs so if needed we could produce our own animated custom chart to tell the right story for our data. Over five weeks we will explore Excel's rich selection of visualization tools using practical case studies as seen through the eyes of Rohan, an environmental analyst. Rohan is required to produce visualizations that will show trends, forecasts, breakdowns and comparisons for a large variety of environmental data sets. As well as utilising the usual chart types he wants to use conditional formats, sparklines, specialised charts and even create his own animated charts and infographics. In some cases, he will also need to prepare the data using pivot tables to drill down and answer very specific questions. We are going to help him achieve all this and present our finished visualizations in attractive reports and dashboards that use tools like slicers and macros for automation and interactivity. These are the topics we will cover: Week 1: Dynamic visualizations with conditional formatting, custom number formatting, sparklines and macros Week 2: Charting techniques for telling the right story Week 3: Creating specialised and custom charts Week 4: Summarising and filtering data with pivot tables and pivot charts Week 5: Creating interactive dashboards in Excel This is the second course in our Specialization on Data Analytics and Visualization. The first course: Excel Fundamentals for Data Analysis, covers data preparation and cleaning but also teaches some of the prerequisites for this course like tables and named ranges as well as text, lookup and logical functions. To get the most out of this course we would recommend you do the first course or have experience with these topics. In this course we focus on Data Visualization in Excel, join us for this exciting journey....

Top reviews


Feb 4, 2022

Absolutely fantastic course! I've been using Excel for nearly 20 years and I cannot tell you how many times I STILL found myself saying "Oh, that's neat!" Definitely worth your time!


Jun 5, 2021

Instructors are really great and the way course is designed is commendable. It was an amazing course, way beyond my imagination. Thanks Coursera and Maquarie University.

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By Eduardo B

May 12, 2021

Excellent course. Well designed and presented. I can use the skills learned immediately in my new career as a Data Analyst.

By Luca C

Jun 18, 2022

Really interesting and complete coursse about data visualisation and techniques to build explicative charts in Excel.

By Diego A A G

Jan 14, 2022

Very complete course of data visualization in excel. I would recommend it for those who want to improve their excel.

By Francisco L R

May 3, 2022

This is an excellent course for intermediate users of Excel who want to proficiency their visualization skills

By Seyyed K M

Jul 13, 2021

T​his course is absoulotely practical.

I​nstructors are very professional and use a simple methods to teach

By Issa D

Feb 8, 2022

The Best Course I have attended. The structure of this course enforce you to practice what you learned.

By András L S

Mar 27, 2021

Very high quality course as always, the tests had some mistakes but nothing that would cause problems

By Suraj K P

Aug 8, 2021

This course is an excellent platform to learn Excel data visualization from basic to advanced level.

By John M

Apr 5, 2021

Very interesting course that taught me a lot of different ways to display data in interactive ways.

By Hanni E

Aug 9, 2021

הקורס מצויין. ההסברים באנגלית עם מבטא נוח. הדוגמאות מעולות וכל חומר העזר בנושא - מצויין. מומלץ

By Dilawar M

Sep 3, 2021

Whole course was amazing. I have learnt about Conditional Formatting, Dashboards and Macros

By Mel N

Apr 14, 2021

What an amazing course for someone who wants to get an overview of the topic as a whole.

By Đặng Q T

Sep 17, 2021

Excellent course. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to become a good excel user

By Mohammed A K M

Mar 31, 2022

This course is a lot of fun for me. It wasn't easy, and I was constantly challenged.

By Sale R

Dec 8, 2021

Great course, so many new things to learn even if you are an experienced Excel user.

By Nathan C

Jun 24, 2021

Thank you for your assistance in learning this more difficult to me aspect of Excel.

By Enrique R

Mar 19, 2021

This was a very well developed course, I learned more than what I thought I would.

By Mansoor M

Nov 10, 2021

The best course ever! Really valuable experience. I enjoyed every second of it.


Feb 1, 2022

Very very good course, it had a lot of the funtionalities I wanted to learn

By ali i

Dec 11, 2021

Highly Recommended to everyone who is going to step in data analysis field

By Guilherme P d S

Mar 27, 2021

Curso muito bom, bem explicado, com exemplos e exercícios na medida certa.

By Maliha T

Apr 16, 2022

This course is very impressive. All of the videos are easy to understand.


Dec 26, 2021

very good experience to learn dashboarding and especialy for live charts

By Chan C M

Jun 24, 2021

S​uper useful. The workbooks along with the course is well designed.

By Avanesyan T G

Nov 29, 2021

The best online course I've studied! Thank you for your work!