4. Introduction to Data Analysis

Introduction to Data Analysis


  • Learn the core concepts in working with databases and tables in Excel.
  • Develop skills to analyse data.
  • Develop further knowledge of Excel functions most relevant to data analysis.


  • Overview. This course covers the key aspects of analysing data in Excel. It starts with coverage of databases and tables, and then discusses methods to analyse data in these structures. It covers key Excel functions for aggregation, statistical analysis, database functions, and array calculations. It covers Excel PivotTables. (The focus of this course is on the analyse of clean data sets; the later course II.2 Data Analysis and Manipulation covers the cleaning and general manipulation of data and data sets).
  • Practical Work and Exercises. Readers are expected to build simple examples for themselves as they follow the text. The course also contains downloadable data sets or simple models that allow a reader to do this practical work without having to enter large sets of data or repeat previous steps.
  • Quizzes and Exercises. There are 3 Quizzes, which are placed throughout the course. Some require the construction of small models or parts of models.


  • Introduction to data sets and analysis . Excel Tables · Filters and sorting · Unique values and duplicates · Creating and using Excel · PivotTables.
  • Excel functions for data analysis. Conditional aggregations · Database functions · Statistical functions · Array calculations and bespoke logic · Introduction to Data Manipulation with text and lookup functions.


  • Tables, Filters, PivotTables (1 Quiz).
  • Functions (2 Quizzes)