Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Data Analysis with Excel for Complete Beginners

3.9 (28 reviews)

Learn data analysis from scratch, including an introduction to essential maths and Microsoft Excel.

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An introduction to the fundamentals of data analysis using Excel.

Data analysis skills are in increasing demand across a huge range of industries, but if maths is not your strong suit, it can be a daunting thing to learn. This ExpertTrack has been designed with exactly that in mind. It is a complete beginner’s guide to the subject, covering the basics of data analytics, maths, and Excel fundamentals to refresh your memory and build your confidence in these areas.

You’ll explore:

  • data in life and society
  • ways to build your data literacy
  • data analysis methods
  • how to create tables and pivot tables in Excel
  • how to create data visualisations in Excel
  • the maths behind data analysis
  • how to apply basic inferential maths to your data sets.

Every course within this ExpertTrack is self-paced, allowing you to review the course content as quickly or as slowly as you’d like.

Brush up on your mathematics before delving into data analysis

Data analysis involves applying maths - whether it’s statistics or simple formula - to data sets. This ExpertTrack offers you the chance to refresh your maths knowledge before you get started so that you feel confident in mathematical notation, applying summary statistics, and calculating business metrics as you proceed through the courses.

Learn how to use Excel functions for data analysis

Microsoft Excel is one of the top tools for data analysis and the built-in pivot tables are arguably the most popular analytic tool.

You will learn how to perform data analysis using Excel’s most popular features, including how to create pivot tables from a range with rows and columns in Excel. You will see the power of Excel pivots in action and their ability to summarise data in flexible ways, enabling quick exploration of data and producing valuable insights from the accumulated data.

Grow your data analysis skills

Once you’ve covered the maths behind data analytics and the Excel functions to support it, you’ll be able to grow your analytics skills more directly. This involves creating flexible data aggregations and representing data visually. Before long, you’ll be able to calculate margins and other calculations, as well as filtering data and creating reports using simple Excel formulas.

Feel confident making data-driven decisions

All of this works towards offering you more control and confidence in your data. You’ll be able to apply your new-found skills in both decision making and problem solving at work. You can even use this as a pathway into more specialised training in data analysis.

Key skills you will learn

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Decision Making
  • Mathematics
  • Data Analysis

Experience required

In order to benefit from this course, it would be helpful to have a basic understanding of how to create formulas and how cells are referenced by rows and columns within Excel.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack has been designed for learners who are new to Excel and to data analysis, who want to improve their skills.

You may want to advance your career, perform tasks more efficiently, or test out whether a career in data analysis is really for you.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    3.4 (13 reviews)

    Learning from scratch? This course provides an accessible entry-point into the fascinating world of data analysis.

    2 tests

    3 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Course Introduction
      • About this Course
      • Our Data-Driven World
      • Data Fluency
      • Your First Data Walkthrough
      • Unpacking the Walkthrough
      • Wrapping up the Week
    • Week 2

      Data Structure, Analysis and Visualisation
      • Data Structures
      • Data Anatomy
      • Data Joins
      • Data Analysis Methods
      • Data Visualisation
      • Wrapping up the Week
    • Week 3

      Data Analysis in Context
      • Data Analysis in Context
      • Data Ethics
      • Career Paths
      • Wrapping Up the Course
  • Course 2

    3.4 (5 reviews)

    Improve your skills using Microsoft Excel and associated Excel features, to better report and analyse your data.

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to Excel Table and Pivot Table Fundamentals
      • Welcome to the Course!
      • Introduction to Reporting in Excel
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 1
      • Excel Tables
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 2
      • Basic Pivot Tables
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 3
      • Wrapping up the Week
    • Week 2

      Reporting, Analysing and Comparing Data in Excel
      • Dashboards
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 4
      • Profitability Analysis and Finding Anomalies
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 5
      • Comparative Data in Pivot Tables
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 6
      • Reporting Hierarchical Data
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 7
      • Introduction to Multi-Table Pivot Tables and the Data Model
      • CloudSwyft Hands-On Lab 8
      • Wrapping up the Course
  • Course 3

    4.0 (5 reviews)

    Gain an introduction into data visualisations to communicate your data analytics to a diverse audience.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Welcome to the Course
      • About this Course
      • Visualisations are Everywhere
      • Visualisation Fundamentals
      • Visuals for Comparing and Relating
      • Visuals for Interacting and Analysing Data
      • Wrapping Up the Week
    • Week 2

      Business Visualisations and Visualisations of Tomorrow
      • Business Visualisations
      • Business Context for Visualisations
      • Advanced Visualisations
      • The Future of Visualisation
      • Wrapping Up the Course
  • Course 4

    5.0 (5 reviews)

    Understand the basic maths that powers data analysis with this beginner’s course.

    1 test

    3 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to Working with Data
      • About this Course
      • Introduction to Data and Variables
      • Types of Data
      • Notation
      • Means and Deviations
      • Weekly Wrap Up
    • Week 2

      Summarising and Graphically Representing Data
      • Summarising Data with Distributions and Graphs
      • Bar Graphs and Pie Charts
      • Mode, Mean and Median
      • SD vs IQR
      • Proportions
      • Weekly Wrap Up
    • Week 3

      Business Statistics and KPI's
      • Business Statistics
      • Business KPIs
      • Introduction to Inferential Math and Forecasting
      • Course Wrap Up

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