Excel Skills for Business Intermediate II (Course)




Free to Audit




Approx. 18 hours to complete

This course is part of the Excel Skills for Business Specialization

Course Overview

In this third course of the specialization Excel Skills for Business, you will learn some of the most powerful features in Excel, such as checking and prevent errors in spreadsheets, create powerful automation in spreadsheets, apply advanced formulas and conditional logic to help make informed business decisions and create spreadsheets that help forecast and model data. The instructors are Mrs. Nicky Bull, Dr Prashan S. M. Karunaratne and Associate Professor Yvonne Breyer from Macquarie University. The course is properly structured by this great teaching team and highly recommend to anyone looking for using Excel effectively for data management tasks.

Course Syllabus

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Automating Lookups

How do you 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Data Modelling

This module is all about data modelling. Learn to model different scenarios based on input, assumptions and/or outcomes. Also learn the use of functionalities like Goal Seek, Data Tables and the Scenario Manager to make your models more robust.

  1. Recording Macros

We all love a bit of automation, and this module teaches you just that. By the time you have completed this module, you will be able to identify the uses of macros, as well as create, edit and manage them to increase your efficiency.

  • Final Assessment