Applied MS Excel for Business  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1596 Apply Now
Wednesday 17 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1596 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1596 Apply Now
Wednesday 2 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1596 Apply Now
Friday 4 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £490.00 CS1596 Apply Now

Course Content

Assuming a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, this hands-on step-by-step spreadsheet course guides participants through commonly used business applications such as forecasting techniques, advanced database functions, logical tests, Pivot tables and what-if analysis. In the final week we look at the recording, running and basic editing of VBA macros.

Tutor Info

Robert Stephenson is a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University. He has a Mathematics and Computing BSc (UNL) and Data Communications, Networks and Distributed Systems MSc (UCL).


A basic knowledge of MS Excel, such as entering and editing data in Excel; calculating numerical data; using mathematical formulas; analysing data using simple statistical functions; sorting and filtering data

What will I learn?

  • Review of writing arithmetic formulas - precedence of operators and the proper use of brackets
  • The formula for compound interest (the most important basis of financial mathematics)
  • Goal Seek - this tool has many and varied uses when working with mathematical formulae, often making it much easier to get answers to difficult questions.
  • Calculating depreciation using Goal Seek and without using the built in functions
  • Calculating depreciation using the built in functions DB and SLN
  • The use of the IF function in Excel to analyse and interpret input data - e.g. grading student marks, calculating discounts, and wage bonus calculation.
  • The use of nested IF functions is covered extensively to deal with more complicated problems.
  • Filling in an order form with the aid of drop-down lists, automatic price lookup and calculation of discount
  • The use of the database functions (DCOUNT, DSUM and DAVERAGE) to produce an automatically updating monthly report
  • Analyse tabular information using Pivot Table Wizard (for example data gathered about voting patterns in an election)
  • An introduction to recording and writing simple Visual Basic Macro programs and suggested uses of simple macros
  • The use of Scenario Manager in a forecasting environment

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • use Intermediate level and some Advanced level facilities of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet package such as Goal Seek, Scenario Manager, the VLOOKUP function, Pivot Tables and simple Macros
  • use DSUM, DAVERAGE,DCOUNT functions, using multiple extraction criteria to summarise information in a database table
  • use complex nested formulae and logical tests in a business context (e.g. working out bonus payments linked to performance)
  • design tree diagrams to analyse situations where more complex examples of nested formulae and logical tests are required
  • demonstrate an understanding of the variety of solutions that exist within Excel to common business scenarios; be capable of selecting an appropriate one.

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