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Intermediate Level

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Hours to complete

Approx. 23 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Skills you will gain

Lookup TableMicrosoft Excel VbaData ValidationMicrosoft Excel Macro
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 23 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Data Validation

We kick off this course with data validation and conditional formatting. This module takes you through creating and applying data validation, as well as working with formulas in data validation. This is followed by basic and advanced conditional formatting....
Reading
8 videos (Total 42 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
Video8 videos
Week 1 Discussion4m
Practice Video: Data Validation6m
Practice Video: Creating Drop-down Lists6m
Practice Video: Using Formulas in Data Validation7m
Practice Video: Working with Data Validation7m
Practice Video: Advanced Conditional Formatting5m
Week 1 Wrap-Up2m
Reading6 readings
Welcome10m
Course goals and weekly learning objectives10m
Read me before you start: Quizzes and navigation10m
Read me before you start: Versions and regions10m
Download the Week 1 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Excel Terminology, and Ninja Tips20m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Data Validation14m
Creating Drop-down Lists8m
Using Formulas in Data Validation6m
Working with Data Validation6m
Advanced Conditional Formatting6m
Week 1 Practice Challenge30m
Week 1 Final Assignment30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Conditional Logic

Excel has several logical functions and this module explores some of them. Start by learning the concept of conditional logic in formulas, followed by how to conduct logic tests and use conditional operations, to your benefit. We will also look at nested IF functions to evaluate data....
Reading
8 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video8 videos
Week 2 Discussion4m
Practice Video: Logical Functions I: IF7m
Practice Video: Logical Functions II: AND, OR5m
Practice Video: Combining Logical Functions I: IF, AND, OR5m
Practice Video: Combining Logical Functions II: Nested IFs5m
Practice Video: Handling Errors: IFERROR, IFNA6m
Week 2 Wrap-Up1m
Reading2 readings
Download the Week 2 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Excel Terminology, and Ninja Tips20m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Logical Functions I: IF8m
Logical Functions II: AND, OR8m
Combining Logical Functions I: IF, AND, OR6m
Combining Logical Functions II: Nested IFs8m
Handling Errors: IFERROR, IFNA4m
Week 2 Practice Challenge30m
Week 2 Final Assignment30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Automating Lookups

How do find information from different parts of a workbook? This module introduces you to functions like CHOOSE, VLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH and other dynamic lookups to find and display data from several sources....
Reading
8 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video8 videos
Week 3 Discussion4m
Practice Video: Introduction to Lookups: CHOOSE3m
Practice Video: Approximate Matches: Range VLOOKUP5m
Practice Video: Exact Matches: Exact Match VLOOKUP6m
Practice Video: Finding a Position: MATCH7m
Practice Video: Dynamic Lookups: INDEX, MATCH7m
Week 3 Wrap-Up1m
Reading2 readings
Download the Week 3 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Excel Terminology, and Ninja Tips20m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Introduction to Lookups: CHOOSE8m
Approximate Matches: Range VLOOKUP8m
Exact Matches: Exact Match VLOOKUP8m
Finding a Position: MATCH8m
Dynamic Lookups: INDEX, MATCH6m
Week 3 Practice Challenge30m
Week 3 Final Assignment30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Formula Auditing and Protection

If you are worried that errors have crept into your worksheet, this module will show you how to check for errors, trace precedents and dependents, resolve circular references, and finally, protect your worksheets and workbooks from further harm....
Reading
8 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
Video8 videos
Week 4 Discussion3m
Practice Video: Error Checking9m
Practice Video: Formula Calculation Options6m
Practice Video: Trace Precedents and Dependents5m
Practice Video: Evaluate Formula, Watch Window8m
Practice Video: Protecting Workbooks and Worksheets9m
Week 4 Wrap-Up1m
Reading2 readings
Download the Week 4 workbooks5m
Keyboard Shortcuts, Excel Terminology, and Ninja Tips20m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Error Checking8m
Formula Calculation Options8m
Tracing Precedents and Dependents10m
Evaluate Formula, Watch Window6m
Protecting Workbooks and Worksheets6m
Week 4 Practice Challenge30m
Week 4 Final Assignment36m
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Top Reviews

By RDNov 27th 2018

This course gives us a deep insight to many beautiful tools and features about excel which we never usually see. It greatly has increased my efficiency & makes me feel more professional!

By BPMar 30th 2018

Well paced, really teaches you the concepts well. Started putting these skills to work immediately. Some compatibility challenges on the macros, but otherwise, very well done.

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Dr Yvonne Breyer

Director, Learning and Teaching
Faculty of Business and Economics

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About the Excel Skills for Business Specialization

This specialization is intended for anyone who seeks to develop one of the most critical and fundamental digital skills today. Spreadsheet software remains 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. In the United States alone, millions of job advertisements requiring Excel skills are posted every day. Research by Burning Glass Technologies and Capital One shows that digital skills lead to higher income and better employment opportunities. At a time when digital skills jobs are growing much faster than non-digital jobs, completing this specialization will position you way ahead of others. In this Specialization, learners develop advanced Excel Skills for Business. Upon completing the four courses in this Specialization, learners can design sophisticated spreadsheets, including professional dashboards, and perform complex calculations using advanced Excel features and techniques. Learners have acquired the skills to manage large datasets efficiently, extract meaningful information from datasets, present data and extract information effectively. In addition, learners have mastered the skills needed to validate data and prevent errors in spreadsheets, create automation, apply advanced formulas and conditional logic to help make decisions and create spreadsheets that help forecast and model data....
Excel Skills for Business

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • In this course, we are using Microsoft Excel 2016 (Office 365) on a Windows PC with all options set to default. The Office 365 version of Excel is the latest version at the time of writing and developing this course. If you have a different version of Excel or you are using a Mac, some tools and buttons will look different, they may be located in a different spot, or some might be missing altogether. If there are any major differences, we usually point them out during the practice videos. If you cannot find a tool that we mention, you can always ask in the forums or search the Internet. Most of the functionality we demonstrate is also available in other spreadsheet programs, although the interface will look different. Most other spreadsheet software can import and export files in the Microsoft Excel format. If you are not sure which version of Excel you are using, check the Microsoft support pages for help.

    If you cannot use Excel 2016 on a PC, you will be able to follow along with the videos, however, please note that some of the assessment tasks will require Excel. Where possible, we have designed assessment tasks so that users of older versions of Excel (such as 2013) can still solve them.

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