A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
Lesson 01 - Customizing Excel
This course explores Microsoft Excel 2013's sometimes-overlooked and advanced features. You will learn how to use data analysis tools and techniques to improve your decision making, and you will practice generating accurate data more quickly. By the end of this course, you will be well prepared to contribute more value to your organization with your advanced understanding of Excel. To kick things off, you will spend this first lesson exploring how to modify Excel to streamline processes and make your work easier.
Lesson 02 - Table Management
This lesson will explore 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. You will be glad to know that formatting and working with tables has gotten much easier in this latest version of Excel. The lesson will wrap up with a brief look at some of the practical applications for data forms.
Lesson 03 - Data Validation
In this lesson you will tackle data validation techniques—your first line of defense against incorrect or missing data and the logical next step after data forms. You will also learn how to create input messages and error alerts to guide the user's data entry, how to keep track of validation rules, and how to apply a custom validation rule to other cells so that you don't have to create it all over again.
Lesson 04 - Custom Controls
The first three lessons covered what you might call intro-level advanced Excel topics, but now it's time to head into more complex territory. In this lesson you will start working with custom controls—graphical objects that help facilitate data input and are sure to impress users. You will also master the process of creating a dynamic list box, which allows you to control the values in one list box based on the values chosen by your user in a separate custom control.
Lesson 05 - Conditional Formatting
In this lesson you will discover how to use conditional formatting. You will see 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.
Lesson 06 - Consolidating and Outlining
In this lesson, you will learn how to use Excel's consolidation function to efficiently summarize data from multiple sources. You will begin with an exercise on consolidating data within the same workbook, and after that, you will practice consolidating using an advanced technique with category labels and wildcards. You will also learn how to use automatic and manual outlining to view or hide different levels or sections of your information.
Lesson 07 - Excel Functions and Nesting
This lesson will focus Logical, Database, Math & Trig, and Lookup & Reference. You will get an overview of functions and take a look at the Insert Function dialog box. Then, you will practice working with the IF function, nesting functions, the DSUM function, and the VLOOKUP function—all of which will come in handy when you need to perform a quick, thorough analysis of your data.
Lesson 08 - Import External Data
In this lesson, you will find out all about importing external data. You will test two methods for refreshing the target area for the imported data and find out how to edit an Excel query. After that, you will do an import from an external database. Finally, you will learn how to perform a Web query, which—you guessed it—allows you to import data from the Internet.
Lesson 09 - Data Tables
It's time to look at data tables. In this lesson, you will 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).
Lesson 10 - What-If Analysis Tools
This lesson explores three more of Excel's what-if analysis tools: Goal Seek, Scenario Manager, and Solver. And finally, you will put Excel's Solver to work to discover the optimal solution to models that have multiple variables and constraints.
Lesson 11 - Advanced PivotTables
In this lesson, you will discover how to use PivotTables, which are excellent for summarizing massive amounts of data and viewing different cuts of the information quickly. You will create a PivotChart based on the data fields in your PivotTable. You may not be done with the course, but after mastering PivotTables and PivotCharts, you will certainly be able to count yourself an advanced Excel user.
Lesson 12 - Analysis ToolPak, Advanced Filter, Array Formulas, and More!
You will begin the final lesson with a look at the functions available in the Analysis ToolPak. You will complete an exercise using advanced filters, and then you will learn some relevant Excel tips and tricks. When you're done with this lesson—and the course—you will want to pass along the techniques you've learned to friends and colleagues who are still wrestling with Excel!