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Beginner Level
Approx. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Microsoft Excel VbaComputer ProgrammingProblem SolvingDebugging

Learner Career Outcomes

34%

started a new career after completing these courses

28%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

12%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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University of Colorado Boulder

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Macro recording, VBA procedures, and debugging

4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 67 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
What can you do with Excel/VBA?5m
Is this course for you?3m
How the course works3m
Week 1 preview1m
Getting your feet wet4m
Saving your files as macro-enabled workbooks57s
Recording basic macros8m
Absolute vs. relative referencing during macro recording8m
Overview of procedures in VBA8m
Why use Option Explicit?3m
Declaration of variables, data types, and scope of variables8m
How to troubleshoot when your code is not working properly6m
Assignment 1 preview and instructions2m
11 readings
For Mac users10m
The power of Excel/VBA3m
The importance of a Course Certificate and the future of higher education5m
For business and finance folks2m
Course improvement and my philosophy on learning2m
I can't open the assignments nor the "starter"files - I thought the course was free?10m
VBA Tutorial10m
Need to improve your Excel skills?10m
"Debugging.xlsm" file
Quiz 1 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 11h
2 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz10m
Assignment 1 Submission1m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

User-Defined VBA Functions

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
How to write basic VBA expressions and use built-in functions6m
How to make your own user-defined function4m
Example of a user-defined function3m
How to convert a user-defined function to an Excel Add-In4m
Borrowing Excel functions4m
How to troubleshoot your user defined functions1m
Why you don't use input and message boxes in functions2m
An introduction to modular programming5m
Running a subroutine that resides in another file4m
Assignment 2 preview and instructions1m
2 readings
Quiz 2 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 21h
2 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz10m
Assignment 2 submission1m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Exchanging Information Between Excel and VBA

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Introduction to objects, properties, methods, and events7m
Common objects, properties, and methods8m
Examples, Part 1: Basic input and output in subroutines6m
Examples, Part 2: Basic input and output in subroutines4m
Examples, Part 3: Basic input and output in subroutines2m
How to handle basic user error in your subroutines3m
Assignment 3 preview and instructions1m
3 readings
Remember to use your DEBUGGING skills!10m
Quiz 3 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 31h 30m
2 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz10m
Assignment 3 submission1m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Programming structures in VBA

4 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 93 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
How to implement One-Way If...Then selection structures7m
How to implement Two-Way If...Then selection structures7m
All about the Multi-Alternative If...Then4m
Variable iteration loops (Do...Loops)7m
Validating user input using a Do...Loop3m
Creating a guessing game using a Do...Loop3m
All about fixed iteration (For...Next) loops8m
Putting it all together: Example 15m
Putting it all together: Example 27m
Using the For Each... Next statement8m
Worked mini-project: Searching through high and low temperatures in an Excel workbook8m
(OPTIONAL) Advanced input validation and error handling: Part 19m
(OPTIONAL) Advanced input validation and error handling: Part 28m
Assignment 4 preview and instructions40s
3 readings
"Boulder High and Low Temperatures 2016 - STARTER.xlsm" file
Quiz 4 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 41h 30m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz15m
Assignment 4 submission1m

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About the Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving Specialization

This Specialization is for learners wishing to dramatically change the way that they use Excel spreadsheets by unleashing the power to automate and optimize spreadsheets using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The first two courses will teach learners the basics of VBA through the use of dozens of educational screencasts and a series of quizzes and in-application programming assignments. Finally, in Part 3 of the course, learners will complete 3 "real world" and somewhat open ended projects, which are graded through peer review....
Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving

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