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Path overview

We designed this skill path for aspiring data professionals with little experience, and learners who use basic Excel in their daily jobs. You’ll learn how to manipulate data using complex formulas, commands, and tools, such as macros, pivot tables, and advanced graphs.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll write code and get feedback directly in the browser. You’ll apply your skills to several guided projects involving realistic business scenarios to build your portfolio and prepare for your next interview.

Key skills

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

Path outline

Part 1: Introduction to Data Analysis with Excel [5 courses]

Introduction to Data Analysis in Excel 4h

  • Define, categorize, and evaluate data
  • Identify ways data is used in business and everyday life
  • Organize data
  • Describe key steps of the data analysis process

Preparing Data in Excel 6h

  • Import data into an Excel spreadsheet from more than one data source
  • Organize data into a spreadsheet using worksheets and tables
  • Clean, manipulate, and modify the data
  • Consolidate the data for analysis

Visualizing Data in Excel 6h

  • Visualize data using pie, column, histogram, line, scatter, and combo charts
  • Select the appropriate data visualization
  • Create charts using design principles
  • Design visualizations for your intended audience

Exploring Data in Excel 5h

  • Define descriptive statistics
  • Identify the different types of descriptive statistics
  • Identify when to use each descriptive statistic
  • Apply and compare different descriptive statistics to a single column, to multiple columns, and to groups of data
  • Create visualizations to explore and analyze data

Analyzing Data in Excel 5h

  • Analyze data and discover business insights using PivotTables
  • Identify trends over time in time-series data
  • Summarize and visualize relationships between categorical and quantitative variables
  • Confirm a relationship between an independent and dependent variable using linear regression
  • Estimate the sensitivity of an output to given inputs

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Build your project portfolio

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.

Showcase your path certification

Showcase your path certification

Impress employers by completing a capstone project and certifying it with an expert review.

Projects in this path

Guided Project: Preparing Data with Excel

For this project, you’ll take on the role of a data professional in a marine biology research organization. You’ll use Excel to import, organize and clean a dataset on shark attacks, preparing it for an analysis team to study trends in attack location and frequency over time.

Guided Project: Visualizing the Answer to Stock Questions Using Spreadsheet Charts

For this project, you’ll step into the shoes of a business analyst to explore historical stock market data using Excel. By applying information design concepts, you’ll create compelling visualizations and craft an insightful report – building in-demand skills for communicating data-driven insights.

Guided Project: Identifying Customers Likely to Churn for a Telecommunications Provider

For this project, you’ll act as a data analyst for a telecommunications company. You’ll use Excel to explore customer data and build profiles of those likely to churn, applying statistics, PivotTables and charts.

Guided Project: Analyzing Retail Sales

For this project, we’ll take on the role of an analyst for a chain of retail stores to explore sales performance across categories and over time using Excel.

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Business Analyst at Aditi Consulting

“Dataquest starts at the most basic level, so a beginner can understand the concepts. I tried learning to code before, using Codecademy and Coursera. I struggled because I had no background in coding, and I was spending a lot of time Googling. Dataquest helped me actually learn.”


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Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

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Associate Data Scientist at Callisto Media

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