The business user may require enrolment in advanced Excel courses where his or her needs go beyond simple number crunching. Essentially, advanced Excel tutelage aims to introduce a working knowledge of the program’s “power features” and some familiarity with the use of logic in formulae and functions.
After an advanced Excel course the delegate should be familiar with some of the higher functions of the product. Microsoft themselves refer to these functions (as noted) as “power functions”. They include the ability to program macros using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) and to make sense of large amounts of data – either from within one workbook or across a range of applicable books – in order to automate complex or time-intensive tasks.
The delegate attending an advanced Excel course must have a number of pre-existing qualifications or capabilities. He or she must be comfortable with the complicated maths that can underpin advanced Excel functions. He or she must also have a prior experience and knowledge of logic syntax and functions – as the program’s formulae are often written according to standard logical practice.
Elements of logic common to advanced Excel courses include the use of IF functions and nested IFs; the use of conditional functions (AND, OR and NOT); the use of IFERROR; and the use of SUMIFs, COUNTIFs, and AVERAGEIFs.
Delegates may also be taught how to use lookup tables; how to employ conditional formatting; and how to validate data.
It is often expected that a delegate to an advanced Excel course will already have a passing qualification in a basic and intermediate Excel course. Without these foundation certifications, it is unlikely that a person will be able to follow the logic built into the program itself – that is, even with an advanced knowledge of calculus, formal mathematical logic and formulae, a person unfamiliar with Excel’s UI (user interface) may never find his or her way around the package.
Excel is one of the most powerful packages Microsoft has ever produced. Its functionality essentially allows the user to program complex applications without direct programming training.
The higher functions Excel is capable of are so numerous that no one advanced Excel course is likely to be able to cover all the different parts. Even after two levels of advanced Excel courses – which are the norm for most course providers – the student may not have covered everything the program can do for his or her business. What he or she will have done, though, is to develop a real comprehension of how the higher levels of the program can be used to deliver extremely bespoke functionality for designed workbooks: the upshot of which is that he or she may then use that knowledge intuitively to solve data problems at a much higher level.
Not everything is covered in advanced Excel courses, at least not directly: for example, VBA is often taught as a separate module. The basics of developing a macro and a toolbar button are likely to be covered – but to learn fully about macros the course delegate needs to attend a VBA course.
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