Microsoft Excel Evening Class: “The Best of Excel”

(10 classes x 2 hours)

This course is guaranteed to increase your proficiency in Excel.

It takes place at the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre (Training Room) on Wednesday evenings (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.) on the following 10 dates:

21/02/18, 28/02/18, 07/03/18, 14/03/18, 21/03/18, 28/03/18, 04/04/18, 11/04/18, 18/04/18, 02/05/18

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Course Contents:

      1. Cell referencing – relative, absolute & structured

        In Excel you copy formulas a lot. It’s therefore critical to know the 3 basic types of reference to a cell present in formulas. Ensure that you learn this basic Excel skill so that you know in advance how your copied formula will look in a new location once pasted.

      2. Formulas & Functions I – SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, MIN & IF

        These are the basic Excel functions used in formulas. In addition, we review the full list of functions to classify them into functions which you know already, functions which are not particularly relevant and then, most importantly, the functions which you will or would like to learn on the course.

      3.  Formulas & Functions II – VLOOKUP & SUMIFS

        Two of the most popular functions in Excel. Use VLOOKUP to bring in entire columns from other lists or even to create your own classifications in a brand new column. SUMIFS enables you to add up particular numbers in your total whilst intentionally excluding others.

      4. Charts I – embedded / sheet chart, change chart type & data series

        Learn the fundamentals of graph structure in Excel, especially the all-important concept of data series.

      5. Charts II – chart elements & more chart types

        Build on your first chart session by adding additional elements to your graph or chart such as Data Labels and also familiarise yourself with the different ways in which Excel can visualise your numbers.  Make charts like this one (this line graph shows that there is, based on a given season’s results in the English Premier League, almost always an advantage in playing your matches at home versus playing them away!)

      6. Pivot Tables I – purpose & set up area

        The number 1 use of Excel in data analysis is Excel’s summary tables tool called Pivot Tables. No formulas here but with a few clicks you can get the full summary insights from your data.

      7. Pivot Tables II – filter-ins, slicers & drilldowns

        Pivot Tables are multifaceted. Loads of hidden features. Discover them together to take full advantage of Pivot Table features.

      8. Power BI Desktop – download this free Microsoft software – introducing business intelligence

        Power BI is the best data visualisation tool on the market and it’s made by Microsoft too. It’s perfect for the Excel user as there are so much similarities and potential interactions. Bridge the gap by learning Excel tables as well.

      9. Vba Macros – If, Loop & interaction

        Within Excel there is another screen acting behind the scenes called the VBA Macro Editor. This screen allows you to automate Excel tasks by saving the corresponding Vba Macro code. Learn how to code for conditions, for looping many times through a repetitive procedure and for creating dynamic interactions between yourself and Excel.

      10. Formulas & Functions III – INDEX MATCH, OFFSET COUNTA & SUMPRODUCT

        The course finishes off with Excel’s 3 best function sets: INDEX MATCH to return the contents of a dynamically chosen cell. OFFSET COUNTA to access changing cell ranges. The final Excel function you will learn on the course in SUMPRODUCT. Renowned Excel expert Leila Gharani calls this “a very elegant array function” which when used in the correct way “saves you from doing a lot of in-between calculations and unnecessary workarounds in your existing Excel files”. Just another Excel skill well worth learning.

Note 1: Please bring your own laptop with Excel to follow along and also to do the exercises.
Note 2: One of the best things about the course is that you get to learn the very best keyboard shortcuts in Excel. Learning these enables you to continually save time as you interact with your spreadsheet.

Martin Loughman is the owner of Spreadsheet Interaction Limited. He has >25 years of spreadsheet experience and personally delivers all the company’s Excel courses. In 2016 he attained Microsoft Office Specialist Expert (MOS) for Excel certification and also received a Merit for Level 6 Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQI).

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