Surviving Microsoft Excel - Introductory to Intermediate Level


Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet tool capable of performing calculations, analysing data and integrating information from different programs. It is becoming increasingly important as methods for analysing data are becoming more and more complex. Additionally, the use of such performance software has become mandatory as part of the everyday work life of an individual whether it be in the private or public sector. While there are other programs which perform the functions of this software in a simpler graphical user interface, the application of learning such software would enable the user to apply such skills to any software package which entails the same functionality to a greater extent, thereby making the individual more marketable in their field.

In light of these factors, this course has been designed around the core areas of Functions, database manipulation, creation of reports and charts and the creation of formulas. This course will cover the introductory to intermediate level of the Microsoft Excel software and place emphasis on the quick and efficient use of this software to attain positive results.

Target Audience

The Microsoft Excel 2010 workshop is designed for business services professionals to gain the skills necessary to record, calculate, analyse, share, import and export data. The overarching objective of the program is to help you be productive and efficient in your home or office. As the product improves with new versions, it adds abilities that contribute to this objective. Excel helps you recover lost files quickly, manage your work more efficiently with its "backstage" layout, and work on a spreadsheet together with someone else on your network.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand the different sections of a spreadsheet
  • Enter and edit data in a spreadsheet
  • The ability to modify an existing spreadsheet
  • The ability to create a new spreadsheet
  • Attain the ability to utilise basic functions and formulae
  • The ability to format worksheets effectively
  • The ability to print documents, including large documents effectively
  • The ability to create charts from data entered into fields
  • The ability to create drawing objects
  • The ability to manage large spreadsheets

Programme Outline

Module 1: Creating a Worksheet and Charting Data

  • Create, Save, and Navigate an Excel Workbook
  • Enter Data in a Worksheet
  • Construct and Copy Formulas and Use the SUM Function
  • Format Cells with Merge & Center and Cell Styles
  • Chart Data to Create a Column Chart and Insert Sparklines
  • Print, Display Formulas, and Close Excel
  • Check Spelling in a Worksheet
  • Enter Data by Range
  • Construct Formulas for Mathematical Operations
  • Edit Values in a Worksheet
  • Format a Worksheet

Module 2: Using Functions, Creating Tables and Managing Large Workbooks

  • Use the SUM, AVERAGE, MEDIAN, MIN, and MAX Functions
  • Move Data, Resolve Error Messages, and Rotate Text
  • Use COUNTIF and IF Functions and Apply Conditional Formatting
  • Use Date & Time Functions and Freeze Panes
  • Create, Sort, and Filter an Excel Table
  • Format and Print a Large Worksheet
  • Navigate a Workbook and Rename Worksheets
  • Enter Dates, Clear Contents, and Clear Formats
  • Copy and Paste by Using the Paste Options Gallery
  • Edit and Format Multiple Worksheets at the Same Time
  • Create a Summary Sheet with Column Sparklines

Module 3: Analyzing Data with Pie Charts, Line Charts, and What-IF Analysis Tools

  • Chart Data with a Pie Chart
  • Format a Pie Chart
  • Edit a Workbook and Update a Chart
  • Use Goal Seek to Perform What-If Analysis
  • Design a Worksheet for What-If Analysis
  • Answer What-If Questions by Changing Values in a Worksheet
  • Chart Data with a Line Chart

Module 4: Use Financial and LookUp Functions, Define Names, and Validate Data

  • Use Financial Functions
  • Use Goal Seek
  • Create a Data Table
  • Define Names
  • Use Defined Names in a Formula
  • Use Lookup Functions
  • Validate Data

Module 5: Managing Large Workbooks and Using Advanced Sorting and Filtering

  • Navigate and Manage Large Worksheets
  • Enhance Worksheets with Themes and Styles
  • Format a Worksheet to Share with Others
  • Save Excel Data in Other File Formats
  • Use Advanced Sort Techniques
  • Use Custom and Advanced Filters
  • Subtotal, Outline, and Group a List of Data

Module 6: Creating Charts, Diagrams and Templates

  • Create and Format Sparklines and a 3-D Column Chart
  • Create and Format a Line Chart
  • Create and Modify a SmartArt Graphic
  • Create and Modify an Organization Chart
  • Create an Excel Template
  • Protect a Worksheet
  • Create a Worksheet Based on a Template

Facilitator: Vishal Ramnarine

Vishal Ramnarine is an Independent Information Technology Consultant for a local educational government organisation and a former Information Technology Officer of a prestigious educational institution in the West Indies. His unique background makes him suitably apt to facilitate the role of information technology advisor and its impact on the various industries in the Caribbean.

He has over 12 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting in the use of computers and information technologies in organisations. His specialties are Decision Support Systems, Strategic Systems Planning, the Management of Information Systems, and Information Systems Infrastructure. He is CISCO Certified Professional (CCIE®), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCPTM) and Microsoft Certified Systems EngineerTM (MCSETM) and is also a member of the Information Technology Council (ITC) located in the United States, a member of the Microsoft Beta Testers (MBT) and a member of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

Mr. Ramnarine's subsequent experiences include serving as lead consultant on the information technology re-training of the Ministry of Health employees in 2008. He also held the project manager position in the training of Secondary school teachers via a project owned by Fujitsu Incorporated to facilitate the participants with the knowledge of maintaining a network infrastructure. Mr. Ramnarine also serves as module leader for various courses in information technology at an international University.   Mr. Ramnarine is a graduate of the London University with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Computing and Information Systems and a Masters in Business Administration with focus on Leadership from Anglia Ruskin University.


Date View Event Calendar
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 3 Days
Cost TT $3,500.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
Max Richards Drive,
Uriah Butler Highway, North West,
Mt. Hope


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Shadeed Ali - ext. 131
Tamara Edwards - ext. 157



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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