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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Excel Skills for Business: Essentials by Macquarie University

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About the Course

In this first course of the specialization Excel Skills for Business, you will learn the essentials of Microsoft Excel. Within six weeks, you will be able to expertly navigate the Excel user interface, perform basic calculations with formulas and functions, professionally format spreadsheets, and create visualizations of data through charts and graphs. Whether you are self-taught and want to fill in the gaps for better efficiency and productivity, or whether you have never used Excel before, this course will set you up with a solid foundation to become a confident user and develop more advanced skills in later courses. The best way to learn Excel is to use Excel. In this course, learners will solve a broad range of business problems as they apply the Excel skills and techniques they learn along the way. This course uses downloadable Excel workbooks and full data sets with applied examples and practical challenge exercises. This provides learners with countless opportunities to practice their Excel skills while discovering new and useful productivity features of Excel for a variety of business contexts. Spreadsheet software is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software used in workplaces across the world. Learning to confidently operate this software means adding a highly valuable asset to your employability portfolio. At a time when digital skills jobs are growing much faster than non-digital jobs, make sure to position yourself ahead of the rest by adding Excel skills to your employment portfolio....

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Jun 10, 2020

Practice make permanent is the true line .this line I'm also keep in mind sir.It's very very helpful and the video presentation is really awesome.simple language and more information.thanks for these.

Aug 28, 2019

The course was defiantly more than I expected. It not only strengthened what I did know about Excel but it showed me several options that I was not using or haven't found. I would highly recommend it.

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By Jami S

Mar 28, 2021

Over all I think the course was easy and user friendly. Easy to understand the instructor and assignments were straightforward. There were some quiz's that has questions on them that wasn't covered on the previous lectures and assignments. The course could have benefited from more assignments to practice what you have just learned versus them just telling you to repeat your assignment. That aspect seemed somewhat lacking and like a short cut or failing on the developers part. The part of the course that addresses printing they suggest you down load an online PDF/Virtual Printer as not to use up your own toner and paper. I tried that and it was very confusing and didn't seem to work over all. I've had on the job training for Excel but it was nice to the learn the broad basics.

By Anastasia K

Apr 26, 2020

The explanation and the way the video's are made is terrific. It was easy to understand and fun to do. A very good way to learn. I am very happy to have finally been able to learn how to use Excel the proper way. There where so many things that I didn't know about.

But, it is not easy to do on a Mac. Because the course is mainly done for Windows computers and an older version. I had to spend a lot of time searching for the right combinations. The ones given are not active on the new systems that Apple gives. I would strongly recommend to redo this course anno 2020, and maybe make a separate version for Mac users. This version is way too old.

Thank you very much.

By Jaqi F

Aug 18, 2020

I really appreciated the course and was amazed at some of the subject matter. I never knew that Excel did so much! The bit of feedback I have to give is that there were several unclear questions that I ran into on tests that were phrased in ways that were difficult for me to understand what was being asked. There were several "trick questions," due to slight turns of phrase that forced me to retake certain tests multiple times. I suspect it might be a language barrier due to the difference between Australian and American sentence structure. I still learned a lot, regardless of the language barrier, and I'm ready and excited to move on to the next course!

By Kelly B

May 4, 2020

A good introduction to, and reinforcement of, some of the basics. I feel much more comfortable with Excel and ready to learn even more. I did find it a bit of a challenge though to follow along while using a Mac. I had to dig a little deeper to discover how to find and apply some of the commands. Also, while using the latest Windows platform, I discovered that there simply were key differences in how information was laid out in the ribbon. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find things as a result. Not the instructors fault, of course, but a bit frustrating at times.

By Emilia T

May 17, 2021

The material, videos and explanations are really good, but for me it was difficult to answer some questions due to I don't clearly understand the question or my excel version is more advance that the one sown in this course; so it was difficult to have those question 100% correct. Probably revision of questions in the exam will help in the future or course update with more recent version.

Anyway it was fruitful for me since I learn quite a lot of Tipps and refreshed some parts that I don't use so often.

By Christi D

Aug 7, 2020

Overall, I thought this training was strong and well-paced. My only commit would be that on some of the tests you asked questions that covered skills that had not been addressed yet. I am all for challenging folks to work through the system to find what they need. That is how this self-taught gal learned. But even I had some challenges finding what I needed, mostly because this was about learning terminology for me. So, when a term came up on a test we had not addressed yet, it proved difficult.

By H R

May 3, 2020

It's a Good Experience for beginning Learners to learn reach and Dept of Excel Basics.It Helps to get knowledge about New Techniques for different functions and also easy hacks for Pie charts, line charts and other components .The Excel skills will reduce the unnecessary steps involved in data Processing.The Basic skills are very essential to save time and proceed further for better output.I wish to say Thank you to Coursera for giving me an opportunity to learn the skills.

By Paras A

May 28, 2020

In the course there should be some assignments with guidance in which we make use of the formulas and actually produce worksheet that have practical application like for example making an attendance sheet and what formulas we have to apply in order to make one. Actually i was asked to make one but I could make it because I could make the excel recognize P as 1 in the worksheet. Although I know that if I try I can make it but this course should also have such activities.

By Subhanjan R

May 25, 2020

A very well designed course that touches on subtle nuances of excel that one generally misses when one learns excel by hit and trial on the go. However, this course provides a comprehensive coverage of all the basic elements needed to make professional spreadsheets. A great tool to revise basics for the ones who have lost touch. Coupled with experimenting with the worksheet, this course goes a long way in making approaches stick in the minds of students.

By Abhishek S

Oct 8, 2020

One of the best Excel Courses on the internet. Hats off to Macquarie University and the faculty of its Economics and Business School, namely Nicky and Prashaan(I hope the spellings are correct). I would personally want nothing more to be added to the course. It's perfect. I would make sure to do the rest of the courses that form the complete specialization. Once again, I am grateful to the complete team involved in the curation of the course. Thank you.

By Nico

May 1, 2021

This course make me familiar with essential functions in Excel. Although I have known most of these basic skills before, but the biggest reward to this course to me is learning the terminology of Excel in English. Because my native language is Chinese, I had a big challenge to transfer the English terminology while using my Excel in Chinese. However, I think this is a good thing for me to challenge myself, and now I think I have a big progress!

By Ong X H

Nov 13, 2021

The content of the course is great. I learnt a lot of the key techniques that I will need to better navigate through excel. However, it would be good if the instructor can provide mac version guide as well. some of the feature was slightly different for mac. Also, its kinda hard for mac users to see all the layout names also, it made it kinda hard for me to attempt the quiz. But still, it is a wonderful course for beginners. Recommended to all

By Leslie H

Mar 10, 2018

The download files in some of the exercises did not match the videos. Some of the exercise/quiz questions were not covered in the videos. Also on some of the exam questions, the correct answer was marked as incorrect - not often, but in some cases. All this say that someone may want to review the videos and compare with all the exercises, quizzes and tests. The instructors were wonderful. I very much enjoyed the course.

By Mark D A

Sep 1, 2020

The Course was some what challenging but Hands High to the developers for making it very understandable for each Students such as myself. This course have built my confidence and inspired me to now challenge myself more, it was truly an motivational step for me as I am someone who didn't went all the way through Secondary School. I found this Course to be very helpful for any one who have a love for Excel.

Thank you.

By Themba M

Oct 1, 2020

I had a very hands on experience, practice makes permanent exposure which allowed me to try several tasks to ensure that the excel knowledge is instilled and applied correctly, and the teaching methods are extremely helpful and makes the course more interesting so that we can go the extra mile, this is one fascinating course I am wishing to apply the skills I earned in this course in the workplace successfully so

By Sumon R

May 9, 2020

If you decided that you would continue this course so an advance congratulation from me. I think this is damn interesting course for learning excel basic even if you are a beginner ! All of the video tutorial are well structured and provide greatest information with example.You will learn through quiz.Quiz are always relevant with proper worksheet in all exam after a week.The mentor are really amazing.

By Aaron C

Aug 16, 2020

Overall, a very practical and useful course. The challenges/exams are well-written and practical questions based on material covered. Not sure if it's possible, but sometimes some of the questions/shortcuts aren't always up-to-date/relevant for Mac users. The quiz questions can sometimes also be a bit confusing and it's clear the multi-choice questions were written using a PC to work out the answers.

By A. Y

Feb 24, 2021

The instructors provided clear and engaging instructions. I like the ability to be able to practice alongside the instructions. The most frustrating parts, some of the information which appeared on the quizzes, were not taught in the lessons, causing me to guess, which is very frustrating. I did, however, have the opportunity to provide feedback. Hopefully, it will be reviewed and addressed.

By Sascha H

May 28, 2018

I greatly appreciated the outline and presentation. What didn't work well for me was the fact there is noone you can ask a question when problems arise - no one else than the forum that is. As a foreign learner I also noticed lots of differences in how my Excel behaves vs. the Australian version used here. But eventually it still worked and I enjoyed it so much I signed up for the next course.

By Yamiris P

Nov 19, 2020

Very helpful and nicely paced to work along with and play around with. Also the challenges were both fun and a great wrap up of the week. Workbooks were diverse enough to practice something knew every week. Presenters were precise and fully explained what something was and how it would be used in the real world, especially Nikki. I had fun and cannot wait till the next course. Thanks y'all!!!

By EdSource

Jun 7, 2020

Great course. I recommend to those that are self taught or is an immediate Excel level to take this course because it definitely refreshes your skills and you also learn great short-cut tips. Very challenging and I recommend to everyone to read the questions very carefully. Questions in the quizzes and final assessment can be quite tricky. So read them thoroughly and practice makes permanent!

By Sybil C

Sep 27, 2020

I did learn some new skills and enjoyed the demonstration videos. The instruction on creating and working with charts did not work out the best - seems like my version of Excel is just too different from the instructor's version so I had to try to teach myself how to perform the tasks. Also noted many typos in course printouts - nothing major but many spelling and consistency issues.

By Hoàng T N

Jun 8, 2021

I find the female teacher's lectures really good and easy to understand. But male teachers are the opposite. Every time I watch a male teacher's instructional video, I always find it difficult to follow and therefore the results of the practice quizz are not high. If only all the practice videos were taught by female teachers, the effectiveness of the course would be higher!

By Bidusi K

Apr 5, 2020

This course is really useful for an absolute beginner. If you have already learned the basics, then this course still have many tips and tricks that you might have missed or not known if you have self-learned. The quizzes after each video are well-designed and ensures that you are interested on the course the entire time, even if you knew some of the content of the video.

By Loreen C k

Feb 24, 2018

This course is a great beginner course for excel beginners! I enjoyed it very much and the videos aren't too long to sit and watch. They are straight to the point and very clear to understand. For anyone wanting to refresh their excel skills this is a great way to do that. I also learnt a couple of things and tricks, after working in admin and using excel didn't know!