Excel 2016: Interpreting Data For Insights (Advanced Excel Features)

Course code:MSOFE2

Duration: 24 Hours

Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular and powerful spreadsheet application. This course educates the students about the expert level functions and featuers of Excel 2016 to enter and organize data, perform mathematical functions, produce charts and graphs for analytics and other functions. This course will also prepare the students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Expert level exam 77-728: Excel 2016 Expert: Interpreting Data for Insights.


This course is intended for Expert level users of Excel 2016. They will be able to guide others in correct usage of this application. Typical user roles are financial analysts, accountants, data analysts, commercial bankers, etc. Individuals who are interested in taking exam 77-728 Excel 2016 Expert: Interpreting Data for Insights can also attend this course.


Should have knowledge of performing core Excel 2016 features and functions.


After completing this course, students will be able to use this application to:
  • Customize specific Excel implementation according to processing requirement and improve productivity.
  • Produce expert workbook such as multiple-axis financial charts, customized business templates, amortization tables and inventory schedules.
  • Apply custom formatting and layouts
  • Create advanced formulas
  • Perform data analysis
  • Create advanced charts and pivot tables

Education Criteria


Module 1: Manage workbook options and settings

  • Manage workbooks
    • Save a workbook as a template, copy macros between workbooks, reference data in another workbook, reference data by using structured references, enable macros in a workbook, display hidden ribbon tabs
  • Manage workbook review
    • Restrict editing, protect a worksheet, configure formula calculation options, protect workbook structure, manage workbook versions, encrypt a workbook with a password

Module 2: Apply custom data formats and layouts

  • Apply custom data formats and validation
    • Create custom number formats, populate cells by using advanced Fill Series options, configure data validation
  • Apply advanced conditional formatting and filtering
    • Create custom conditional formatting rules, create conditional formatting rules that use formulas, manage conditional formatting rules
  • Create and modify custom workbook elements
    • Create custom colour formats, create and modify cell styles, create and modify custom themes, create and modify simple macros, insert and configure form controls
  • Prepare a workbook for internationalisation
    • Display data in multiple international formats, apply international currency formats, manage multiple options for +Body and +Heading fonts
  • Module 3: Create advanced formulas

    • Apply functions in formulas
      • Perform logical operations by using AND, OR and NOT functions; perform logical operations by using nested functions; perform statistical operations by using SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS and COUNTIFS functions
    • Look up data by using functions
      • Look up data by using the VLOOKUP function, look up data by using the HLOOKUP function, look up data by using the MATCH function, look up data by using the INDEX function
    • Apply advanced date and time functions
      • Reference the date and time by using the NOW and TODAY functions, serialise numbers by using date and time functions
    • Perform data analysis and business intelligence
      • Reference the date and time by using the NOW and TODAY functions; import, transform, combine, display and connect to data; consolidate data; perform what-if analysis by using Goal Seek and Scenario Manager; use cube functions to get data out of the Excel data model; calculate data by using financial functions
    • Troubleshoot formulas
      • Trace precedence and dependence, monitor cells and formulas by using the Watch Window, validate formulas by using error-checking rules, evaluate formulas
    • Define named ranges and objects
      • Name cells, name data ranges, name tables, manage named ranges and objects

    Module 4: Create advanced charts and tables

    • Create advanced charts
      • Add trendlines to charts, create dual-axis charts, save a chart as a template
    • Create and manage PivotTables
      • Create PivotTables, modify field selections and options, create slicers, group PivotTable data, reference data in a PivotTable by using the GETPIVOTDATA function, add calculated fields, format data
    • Create and manage PivotCharts
      • Create PivotCharts, manipulate options in existing PivotCharts, apply styles to PivotCharts, drill down into PivotChart details

    Course Review

    Exam Preparation (Optional)