Many of us struggle to make sense of all the data that is available in this information age. With such a deluge of reports and statistics which don’t mean anything or can’t be made sense of, it’s no wonder that data is often misinterpreted or not communicated at all. This course will help you understand how to “tame” your data and make it work for you! Learn how to synthesise information into a logical framework, summarise it into a meaningful format, and then display the summary into easy-to-read tables and graphs. Covering dashboard reporting, balanced scorecards, visual design of charts and tables, we will also discuss the new charting and analysis features of Excel 2010 and the new 2013.
Each participant on this course receives a hard copy of the book Using Excel for Business Analysis. Please let us know if you would prefer your copy in Kindle or other ebook format and we can send it to you in advance. Re-using your copy, got several participants or want to book on multiple courses? Consider making a bulk booking and save.
The course material includes extensive use of Excel and participants will gain the maximum benefit from this course if they are already competent spreadsheets users. It is designed for users who do use (or will use) Excel on a regular basis, and are comfortable with using its tools and functions.
At minimum, it is assumed that participants will know how to:
• Navigate confidently in Excel
• Create and use formulas
• Link between workbooks
• Build a basic chart
If you are unsure about your level of Excel, you might also consider joining the online Excel School prior to coming on the course.
Who should attend this course?
This course is intended for anyone who needs to create reports in order to interpret and present information. It is expected that students should have had some exposure to business or finance principles.
Public courses are run in a computer laboratory with workstations provided. Participants may bring their own laptops if they prefer. The course is demonstrated using Microsoft Excel 2010, but students can use Excel 2003 or 2007 if they prefer. Course materials contain instructions for all versions, and Excel 2011 for Mac users are also catered for.
Students are encouraged to share their own experiences with the class, and are welcome to bring examples of their own data or reports to discuss during the course
This course is very hands-on and practical. Each participant will be expected to create their own reports, charts and models utilising the tools and techniques covered during the course.
By the end of the day, participants will:
• Understand the principles of data analysis
• Be aware of different tools available to perform their analysis
• Consider when to use a chart or a table
• Know how to use visual effects to improve their reports and presentations
• Understand the concepts of dashboard reporting and balanced scorecards
• Know how to summarise, present and communicate data clearly and concisely
Fundamentals of Data Analysis
• Challenges in Data Analysis
• Data Relationships; One to Many, Many to One
• Mean, Median & Mode
• Common Data Analysis terminology
Data Analysis Tools
• Comparison between Excel & Access
• What’s new in Office 2007 / 2010
• Shortcuts for data manipulation in Excel
• Pivot Tables
Using Excel as a Data Analysis Tool
• Essential Excel tools & functions
• Working with text
• Cleaning your data
• Creating a robust formula
Charting in Excel
• Working with charts in Excel 2007/2010
• Charting on different axis
• Bubble and Waterfall charts
• Charting with dynamic ranges
Chart and Table Design
• Tables vs. Charts/Graphs
• Visual Design; presenting data graphically
• Choosing the correct chart to display your findings
• Charting dos and don’ts
• Purpose and benefits of Dashboards
• Common mistakes when building a Dashboard
• Creating a Dashboard in Excel
• What is a Balanced Scorecard?
• Benefits and pitfalls of a Balance Scorecard
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