Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

Data Visualisation in Excel: Charting, Dashboards, and Pivot Tables

4.5 (6 reviews)

From Excel charts to effective dashboards, develop the skills to aid business decisions, track KPIs, and reveal data insights.

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Master Excel charting and dashboard creation

Excel is an amazing tool for charting and dashboard creation, yet many never get beyond the basics of standard charting.

On this ExpertTrack from The Excel Club, you’ll gain the skills and tools to utilise different Excel charts and dashboards to analyse and present data effectively.

Discover the fundamentals of Excel charting

You will start this course by looking at the basics of charting in Excel, exploring ways to insert charts and formatting options. After this, you will take a deep dive into creating the most commonly used charts such as line charts, pies charts, and column charts before finishing the basics by looking at less common charts.

Create dynamic and automated dashboards in Excel

In this age of data, more and more organisations are seeking those with the skills to develop meaningful dashboards that help drive the business forward.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you will learn how to create dynamic, non-standard, visually effective charts and data visualisations. This will include the design and creation of dashboards to present your data in an organised and automated format.

Use pivot tables to visualise data effectively

On the final course of this ExpertTrack, you’ll cover advanced use functions and formulas to drive interaction with your data, including pivot tables and pivot charts.

By the end of this course, you will be comfortable taking on a dashboard project from scratch; setting up the data, formatting the charts, and feeding everything into an effective dashboard.

Learn with the experts from The Excel Club

Having taught Excel to over 150,000 students across 186 different countries over the past decade, The Excel Club is uniquely positioned to develop your Excel skills, building your knowledge from beginner to advanced when it comes to charts and data visualisation.

Key skills you will learn

  • Excel charts
  • Data visualisation
  • Non-standard data visualisation
  • Advanced charting techniques
  • Dashboard design and creation
  • Advanced Excel formulas for charting
  • Pivot tables

Experience required

To benefit from this ExpertTrack, you need to have a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and a working copy or subscription to the software. This is an introductory course in charting and data visualisation, so you must be able to find your way around Excel and do basic calculations to get the most out of this ExpertTrack.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone looking to take their Excel skills to the next level. It will be especially useful if you handle data on a regular basis and would like to be able to analyse and present it more effectively.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    4.5 (6 reviews)

    Learn the basics of charting in Excel, from creating and formatting charts, to the pros and cons of each different type of chart.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Our first Excel charts
      • Kickstarting this course
      • Inserting and working with charts
      • What is data visualization?
      • Chart templates and line charts
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 2

      Common Excel charts
      • Welcome back
      • Some common Excel charts
      • More common charts in Excel
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 3

      Less common charts in Excel
      • Welcome to week 3
      • More Excel charts
      • Oh My! Even more charts
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 4

      Visualizations are not always charts
      • Welcome to week 4
      • Charts and visualizations
      • Weekly wrap up
  • Course 2

    Enhance your Excel charting skills and discover the tools and skills to create advanced and automated dashboards.

    1 test

    6 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Getting started with dashboards
      • Kickstarting this course
      • Your first custom visual
      • Designing dashboards
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 2

      Down and dirty with custom visuals
      • Getting started with week 2
      • Basic to advanced Waterfall charts
      • Dashboards in Excel
      • Excel Gauge Charts
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 3

      Lets start to get more dynamic
      • Getting started with week 3
      • Actual V's Budget
      • It's dynamic!
      • Good and bad dashboards
      • Keeping it dynamic and interactive
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 4

      What's in a name?
      • Getting started with week 4
      • Automating charts with named ranges
      • INDEX function in action
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 5

      Changing charts
      • Getting started with week 5
      • Dropdowns, loookups and named ranges
      • Form Controls
      • Cards
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 6

      Putting it all together
      • Getting started with week 6
      • Your first dashboard
      • The second dashboard
      • The third dashboard
      • Weekly wrap up
  • Course 3

    Build and improve your data analysis skills by learning how to utilise pivot tables, charts, and dashboards in Excel.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      The Basics of Pivot Tables
      • Kickstarting this course
      • An Introduction to Pivot Tables
      • More on Pivot tables and Pivot Charts
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 2

      Pivot Table Dashboards
      • Getting started with week 2
      • Pivot Dashboard in 20 minutes
      • Weekly wrap up

Prove you're job ready

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  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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The Excel Club is a global leader in Excel and Power BI training. With over 100K students from across 186 different countries, The Excel Club has grown from strength to strength.

The force behind The Excel Club is by Paula Guilfoyle. Paula is a Certified Public Accountant and Microsoft Excel MVP who has worked across a broad range of industries as an Accountant, Internal Auditor and Financial Controller.

Meet your instructor

Paula Guilfoyle is a CPA accountant with a passion for Excel. Teaching Excel for over ten years now, Paula also blogs and makes Youtube videos on all things Excel and Power BI.

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