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Course overview

This course will help you gain the practical skills in Excel to perform data analysis and visualization — and ultimately help organizations make more-informed decisions. We designed it for aspiring data professionals with little experience or learners who use basic Excel in their daily jobs and want to enhance their skills.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser.

Key skills

  • Defining, Categorizing, and evaluating data
  • Identifying ways data use in everyday business
  • Organizing data for data analysis
  • Defining the key steps of the data analysis process

Course outline

Introduction to Data Analysis in Excel [3 lessons]

Defining Data 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Define data and variable
  • Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data
  • Read tabular data

How to Use Data 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Convert data intro actionable insights
  • Employ data-driven decision-making
  • Interpret data from a dashboard

The Data Analysis Process 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify and frame a data question
  • Describe the steps of the data analysis process
  • Answer data questions using Excel

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Dataquest has helped thousands of people start new careers in data. If you put in the work and follow our path, you’ll master data skills and grow your career.


We believe so strongly in our paths that we offer a full satisfaction guarantee. If you complete a career path on Dataquest and aren’t satisfied with your outcome, we’ll give you a refund.

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Build confidence with our in-depth projects, and show off your data skills.

Challenge yourself with exercises

Challenge yourself with exercises

Work with real data from day one with interactive lessons and hands-on exercises.

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Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

“I liked the interactive environment on Dataquest. The material was clear and well organized. I spent more time practicing then watching videos and it made me want to keep learning.”


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Associate Data Scientist at Callisto Media

“I really love learning on Dataquest. I looked into a couple of other options and I found that they were much too handhold-y and fill in the blank relative to Dataquest’s method. The projects on Dataquest were key to getting my job. I doubled my income!”

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