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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

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Microsoft Excel VbaComputer ProgrammingProblem SolvingDebugging
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Macro recording, VBA procedures, and debugging

Week 1 will introduce you to visual basic for applications (VBA) and teach you the foundational tools required to create basic procedures in VBA. You'll learn about different data types and the scope of variables, how to troubleshoot your code when it's not working, and how to record basic macros using both absolute and relative referencing modes....
Reading
14 videos (Total 68 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
Video14 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 workbooksm
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 instructions3m
Reading10 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
VBA Tutorial10m
Review of Excel (if you need it!)m
"Debugging.xlsm" filem
Quiz 1 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz10m
Assignment 1 Submission1m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

User-Defined VBA Functions

In Week 2, you will learn basic VBA expression entry, how to create user-defined functions, how to convert functions to Add-Ins in Excel, how to borrow Excel's built-in functions, how to troubleshoot your VBA functions when they aren't working, and you'll learn about how to design your procedures in a modular fashion....
Reading
11 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 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
Reading2 readings
Quiz 2 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 2m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz10m
Assignment 2 submission1m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Exchanging Information Between Excel and VBA

Week 3 teaches you all about how to reference and move information to VBA from Excel and vice versa. You'll learn about the various objects, properties, methods, and events in VBA. Some of the most important properties and methods will be learned in this module that will make future problem solving in the course possible. You will also learn how to deal with errors that arise in your subroutines....
Reading
8 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 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
Reading3 readings
Remember to use your DEBUGGING skills!10m
Quiz 3 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 330m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz10m
Assignment 3 submission1m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Programming structures in VBA

Week 4 begins the "meat" of programming in VBA, and we are finally moving into some exciting problem solving. You will learn about the common programming structures in VBA (sequence, selection, and repetition) that form the foundation for advanced programming procedures. Several examples will highlight the utility of these programming structures....
Reading
15 videos (Total 93 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video15 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 instructionsm
Reading3 readings
"Boulder High and Low Temperatures 2016 - STARTER.xlsm" filem
Quiz 4 solutions and explanations10m
Assignment 430m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz15m
Assignment 4 submission1m
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Top Reviews

By MSJan 27th 2018

Great course! I like it goes straight to implementation and is practice-oriented. What could be improved maybe is sound quality of lectures. And maybe it would be great to have some VBA notes in pdf.

By LRJul 5th 2018

I'm not one to write reviews - this course is fantastic and a game changer. Prof Nuttelman is a very engaging speaker and makes what could seem a very dry topic come across as interesting, fascin

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Charlie Nuttelman

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Chemical and Biological Engineering

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

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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