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About the Course

The simple spreadsheet is one of the most powerful data analysis tools that exists, and it’s available to almost anyone. Major corporations and small businesses alike use spreadsheet models to determine where key measures of their success are now, and where they are likely to be in the future. But in order to get the most out of a spreadsheet, you have the know-how to use it. This course is designed to give you an introduction to basic spreadsheet tools and formulas so that you can begin harness the power of spreadsheets to map the data you have now and to predict the data you may have in the future. Through short, easy-to-follow demonstrations, you’ll learn how to use Excel or Sheets so that you can begin to build models and decision trees in future courses in this Specialization. Basic familiarity with, and access to, Excel or Sheets is required....

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Jun 21, 2017

This course has made me understand cost accounting, has provided a fresh perspective on how to solve some of the challenges i had with management accounting and as a bonus, made me love maths again :)


Jun 11, 2020

The course is worth the time , the faculty teaches you about some complicated advance formulae with so much clarity and ease that even beginners can be pro in excel related to business and finance.

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By Florence H

Sep 6, 2017

lectures and examples were clear and questions were pitched at a just-right level, enough to encourage but also to challenge one to do better.


Feb 10, 2019

What I have learnt in this course is really useful but I hope I could learn more. Maybe video time could be longer containing more content.

By Jose V

Apr 12, 2016

Very basic, but that's the point. A good review of the capabilities of spreadsheets for simulating scenarios with a probabilistic mindset.

By ouafae A

Aug 21, 2016

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models provides very useful tools in learning how to think with numbers. I highly recommend this course.

By Jorge I L

Dec 29, 2019

I wouldn't recommend it for those already skilled in Excel, but it is a very good course for those starting to use excel for modeling.

By Iryna I

Jul 3, 2017

This is a very useful course. I'd certainly recommend it for those who would like to know more about business modelling in MS Excel.

By 周锐

Jun 7, 2016

The lecture was quite good but some questions of the quiz made me confused, maybe it can be written in a different expression.

By Nicolás M

Dec 3, 2017

Pretty useful, it had everything I expected.

Further readings could be added about more complex models in terms of regression.

By Rohit M

Nov 20, 2021

The course is very helpful to understand various models in excel/spreadsheets and special mention to the weekly assignments.

By Saad B A

Mar 18, 2021

Full of knowledge and practical skills. I have learned a lot from this course. It has brought a change in my career as well.

By Aman K

Jul 17, 2020

Very useful even if you have been already using excel. It helps find out many things we often neglect while building models

By Deleted A

Dec 29, 2017

Great course with very challenging quizzes. We hoped more explanations about quizzes' answers but nice materials anyway !

By Michael L

Nov 13, 2016

Great course. Could you a video on Excel on Mac, and differences between Sheets and Excel a little earlier on though! ;)

By Sylvia F

Dec 19, 2017

This course teaches hands-on skills on using excel functions for financial modeling. The functions and concepts are

By Daniel O

Oct 25, 2016

Challenging but very informative could use more in depth examples but appreciated the history lesson on spreadsheets

By Marc O

Jul 30, 2019

Great course. Learned many new formulas and tools that can be implemented in my day to day environment. Thank you!

By Mesa I N

Feb 18, 2019

I gained more capability in excel and give me a new horizon to use it in my work and makes me want to do research.

By Wang Q

Jun 20, 2017

nice for beginner

suggestion:hope all add-on files can be packed into one zip file,which will be easier to download

By Kumar T

Jul 18, 2016

A very important part of the 5 series course. Broadly covers all the important spreadsheet functions and models.

By Raghav A

Feb 8, 2018

Very well explained course. I do wish that the quiz explained the answers after the completion of the course.

By Alejandro d V E

Apr 22, 2020

I really enjoyed and i think it is very helpful to understand better the functions and power of spreadsheets

By Federico V

Oct 14, 2017

Concise yet not short.

Simple yet not easy.

I recommend it even if you have been using Excel for a long time.

By K

Aug 7, 2017

A good fundamental course which provides hands-on learning about what goes on behind some of these models.

By Vidyuti V

Aug 31, 2023

found excel applications of probability distributions really helpful especially Linear programming part.

By Hsiang-Wei L

Jun 29, 2021

The course materials content useful Excel skills, which really come in handy in a real business setting