Excellent course! This is the third Microsoft Excel course that I've taken with Chad Wambolt. He's an excellent instructor and has increased my job knowledge exponentially. Thanks and I look forward to taking additional classes through ed2go.
Another great course by Chad! Well organized and each lesson had just the right information in it. Very well put together! I would definitely recommend it.
Course Code: ax8
Learn how to use data analysis tools and techniques to improve your decision making, and you'll practice generating accurate data more quickly. Explore how you can modify Excel to streamline processes and make your work easier. Then discover some great table management features in Excel 2013, discuss how to use data forms with Excel databases, and look at a few alternative database techniques.
Tackle data validation techniques—your first line of defense against incorrect or missing data and the logical next step after data forms. You'll practice using whole number, decimal, date, time, list, and other forms of validation, and you’ll even explore the possibilities of custom validation. Then start working with custom controls—graphical objects that help facilitate data input and are sure to impress users. You'll learn how to create standard and drop-down list boxes, check boxes, option buttons, and group boxes. You'll also master the process of creating a dynamic list box.
Learn how to use conditional formatting to hide errors, to highlight records based on multiple criteria, to track and alert you about due dates, to find the differences between two lists, to shade every other row, and more. You'll learn how to impress your manager by setting up a scorecard, which will show you problem areas in red, possible problems in yellow, and everything running smoothly in green. Then you'll learn how to use Excel's consolidation function to efficiently summarize data from multiple sources.
Focus on a few important Excel functions spanning four categories: Logical, Database, Math & Trig, and Lookup & Reference. You’ll also find out all about importing external data from various sources including external databases and the Internet.
Learn how to use two types of data tables: a one-variable data table (which lets you substitute just one variable into the formula calculation) and the two-variable data table (which allows you to change multiple aspects of the formula). Then explore three more of Excel's what-if analysis tools: Goal Seek, Scenario Manager, and Solver.
Discover how to use PivotTables, which are excellent for summarizing massive amounts of data and viewing different cuts of the information quickly. Finally, you’ll look at the functions available in the Analysis ToolPak, including: the Moving Average and Sampling tools and complete exercises using advanced filters.
Chad Wambolt is a graduate of Boise State University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting. He has spent his entire professional career in the finance field, working for both privately and publicly held companies with sales ranging from $500 million to $3 billion. Through the course of his career, Chad has become an expert user of Microsoft Excel. His knowledge of Excel's capabilities has helped organizations streamline processes and save countless hours of labor. Chad has taught Excel to students of varying skill levels since 1997.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Excel 2013 or Microsoft Office 2013 (Office Home and Student 2013, Office Professional Plus 2013, or Office Home and Business 2013) are all acceptable.
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users who are using the Office Mac Home versions or for users of older versions of Microsoft Excel. "Starter Version" and "Web App" versions of Microsoft Excel 2013 will not work with the full version of Excel taught in this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.