Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel

This Coursera course was developed by Rice University to introduce users to the analytical powers of Excel software. It is an introductory course that spreads modules over a four-week curriculum. Topics primarily focus on managing data and using analytical tools with a lighter focus on editing and presentation features.

Created by: Sharad Borle

Produced in 2018

What you will learn

  • Intro to Spreadsheets: modules last three hours and explain the basics of data manipulation and arithmetic operations.
  • Organizing Data: two hours are spent on "IF" command, "VLOOKUP" and variations on the two commands.
  • Filtering, Pivot Tables and Charts: two hours are dedicated to these tools to expand command of data management.
  • Advanced Graphing and Charting: two hours of practical experience in utilizing the various graphs built into Excel (such as line graphs, scatter plots and more).

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Course Description

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 1Module 1: Introduction to SpreadsheetsIn 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 2Module 2: Spreadsheet Functions to Organize DataThis 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 3Module 3: Introduction to Filtering, Pivot Tables, and ChartsThis 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 4Module 4: Advanced Graphing and ChartingThis 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



    • Streamlined class keeps the focus where promised: on analyzing data, not editing or customizing cells.
    • Class is example-driven, making it easier to follow concepts and techniques.
    • Coursera courses include lines of communication between students and instructors. Specific questions can be asked and will be answered.
    • Course is designed from a single version of Excel. Mac users, users in countries outside the United States and users with alternative Excel versions will face hiccups with certain features and instructions.
    • While considered a course for beginners, the lessons assume some familiarity with Excel. This course does not spend much time on the most basic operations.

Instructor Details

Sharad Borle

Sharad is a faculty of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, and his expertise lies in Business statistics and data analytics. He is a well published academic with publications in top tier quantitative journals. He is passionate about teaching Business statistics and makes difficult concepts easy to understand in a way that learners get confidence in applying them to their particular decision situations.



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By Amit M on 10-Dec-18

The course is very helpful to enter into Data Analysis starting Excel. I learned many new things to analyse data using excel and I am confident now to handle more data after this course. Whom so ever want to learn data analysis using excel must go for this course.

By Raju B on 3-Jan-19

Overall the course content and the way it is explained with right examples is making one to follow and understand the tools available in excel. It would be nice, if the course gives the option to choose the Excel version one has, so that it will be easy to quickly find the options being discussed

By Heather H on 11-Jan-19

A good course for anyone looking for an introduction to using Excel for analysis. There is some help with navigation, but to be successful in this class it would be very helpful for a person to already be fairly familiar with the Excel ribbon and basic Excel navigation.

By Sidharth on 28-Apr-17

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.

By Luis C on 18-May-18

Excellent class, well-written and presented with real-world examples that are challenging but not impossible to complete if you follow the small quizzes and stay on top of the deadlines. Great job!

By Ashok A on 18-Oct-17

This is amazing to see that i have completed the course with so much logical and analytical questions been answered. It is really valued a lot the course and lots of useful information to learn.

By Deleted A on 18-Jul-19

Excelente curso.

By Mohil J on 4-Dec-18

This course us really helpful in learniong various excel analysis tools. I would recommend it to people who wanted to learn data analysis using excel.Happy Learning !!!

By Parakh S on 21-Dec-18

Nice Course to get Hands Dirty !!!

By Oladimeji O on 21-Dec-18

Great course.

By Raghav D on 9-Dec-18

A very interesting introductory course, structured well, can be give around 5 hours.

By Vallabh P M on 9-Dec-18

Excellent content, fluently explained.