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Advanced Data Visualisation and Analysis in Excel

Explore advanced Excel topics as you develop the skills and knowledge to conduct data analysis and create stand-out visuals.

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Gain advanced Excel skills

This three-week course will help you develop advanced Microsoft Excel skills to improve your workflow in your job role or increase productivity in your personal life.

You’ll further your knowledge of Excel as you delve into advanced functions, Excel tables, and data analysis before completing a series of activities to cement your knowledge.

By the end of the course, you’ll know how to unlock Microsoft Excel’s full potential to use for complex data and to create stunning visuals.

Understand Excel lookup functions

You’ll start by exploring advanced functions such as date and time, finance, lookup, and logical functions.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to retrieve information, perform data analysis, and carry out complex calculations with ease.

Explore Excel tables

As you delve into the uses of Excel tables, you’ll learn advanced skills such as connecting to other workbooks and datasets outside of Excel to ensure your data only needs to update in one place.

Next, you’ll learn how to work with tables and table references. This will help you gain crucial skills in using pivot tables to help you query large amounts of data in a user-friendly way.

Learn Excel data analysis

You’ll develop essential data analyst skills as you explore the difference between What-If Analysis, Goal Seek, and Scenario Manager to help you find the information you need from data in Excel.

Finally, you’ll learn how to create stand-out visualisations using sparklines and data bars as well as advanced charts such as Surface, Radar, Bubble, and Stock Charts.

By the end of the course, you’ll have developed the skills to use the advanced functions in Excel for your personal and professional needs.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Working with functions

    • Introduction to the course

      Welcome to Advanced Data Visualisation and Analysis in Excel and the start of your learning journey, brought to you by Packt.

    • Understanding functions

      In this activity, we will discuss what functions are, and the various tasks that can be performed using the functions available in Excel.

    • Date and time functions and text functions

      In this activity, we will discuss two categories of functions: date and time functions, and text functions.

    • Logical functions and lookup functions

      In this activity, we will discuss various logical functions that allow users to evaluate the values in cells, and lookup functions that allow users to identify a value in a list or index.

    • Financial functions

      In this activity, we will describe how Excel can be used to perform a variety of financial calculations for both personal and professional use.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 1. In this activity, you'll reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 2

    Working with complex functions and features

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • Statistical functions for description

      In this activity, we will discuss some of the statistical functions available in Excel that are used for description, forecasting and inference.

    • Statistical functions for forecasting and inference

      In this activity, we will describe the functions available in Excel to perform statistical forecasting and inference.

    • Connecting to external data

      In this activity, we will discuss how to deal with data from outside a workbook by connecting to external data sources.

    • Using tables in Excel

      In this activity, we will discuss the features and uses of tables in Excel.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 2. In this activity, you'll reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 3

    Analysing and visualising data

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • PivotTables

      In this activity, we will identify the basic, advanced, and newer features of pivot tables and why they are such a useful tool in Excel.

    • Data analysis

      In this activity, we will discuss the tools and features in Excel that can be used for data analysis.

    • Graphs and charts

      In this activity, we will discuss different types of advanced graphs and charts available in Excel, such as surface, radar, bubble, and stock charts.

    • Excel web app

      In this activity, we will discuss the key features of the web application version of Excel.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of this course. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate the different functions in Excel and their uses.
  • Apply different methods of data analysis.
  • Design representations and visualisations of data using tables, graphs, and charts.
  • Describe the features and limitations of the Excel web app.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those interested in learning advanced Excel functions.

It will be most beneficial if you have some prior knowledge of basic Excel functions, which you can gain on the A Beginner’s Guide to Data Handling and Analysis in Excel course.

Who developed the course?

Packt

Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt’s mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals.

FutureLearn

FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last eight years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
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  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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