Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models

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Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models

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About this course: The simple spreadsheet is one of the most powerful data analysis tools that exists, and it’s available to almost anyone. Major corporations and small businesses alike use spreadsheet models to determine where key measures of their success are now, and where they are likely to be in the future. But in order to get the most out of a spreadsheet, you have know how to use it. This course is designed to give you an introduction to basic spreadsheet tools and formulas so that you can begin harness the power of spreadsheets to map the data you have now and to predict the data you may have in the future. Through short, easy-to-follow demonstrations, you’ll learn how to use Ex…

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About this course: The simple spreadsheet is one of the most powerful data analysis tools that exists, and it’s available to almost anyone. Major corporations and small businesses alike use spreadsheet models to determine where key measures of their success are now, and where they are likely to be in the future. But in order to get the most out of a spreadsheet, you have know how to use it. This course is designed to give you an introduction to basic spreadsheet tools and formulas so that you can begin harness the power of spreadsheets to map the data you have now and to predict the data you may have in the future. Through short, easy-to-follow demonstrations, you’ll learn how to use Excel or Sheets so that you can begin to build models and decision trees in future courses in this Specialization. Basic familiarity with, and access to, Excel or Sheets is required.

Created by:  University of Pennsylvania
  • Taught by:  Don Huesman, Managing Director, Wharton Online

    Innovation Group- Wharton School
Basic Info Course 2 of 5 in the Business and Financial Modeling Specialization Commitment 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: Portuguese (Brazilian) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.2 stars Average User Rating 4.2See what learners said Travail en cours

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University of Pennsylvania The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Spreadsheets: A Tool for Thinking with Numbers



This module was designed to introduce you to the history of spreadsheets, their basic capabilities, and how they can be used to create models. You'll learn the different types of data used in spreadsheets, spreadsheet notations for mathematical operations, common built-in formulas and functions, conditional expressions, relative and absolute references, and how to identify and correct circular references. By the end of this module, you'll understand the context of spreadsheets, be able to navigate a spreadsheet, use built-in formulas and functions in spreadsheets, create your own simple formulas, and identify and correct common errors so you can put spreadsheets to work for you.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 1.1 Objectives and a little spreadsheet history
  2. Video: 1.2 Navigating a spreadsheet and crafting formulas
  3. Video: 1.3 Using functions
  4. Video: 1.4 Using conditional expressions in formulas
  5. Video: 1.5 Common errors in spreadsheets
  6. Video: 1.6 Differences between Sheets and Excel
  7. Lecture: PDF of Module 1 Lecture Slides
  8. Lecture: Module 1 examples

Graded: Module 1 Quiz: History, Formulas, Functions and Errors

WEEK 2


From Spreadsheet to Model



In this module, you'll move from spreadsheet to model, so you can begin to create your own models that reflect real-world events. You'll learn how to organize and lay out model elements, as well as the types of objective functions and their use. You'll also learn what-if analysis and scenarios, sensitivity analysis, and other classic models. By the end of this module, you'll be able to design a spreadsheet reflecting assumptions, decision variables, and outcomes, create a basic cashflow model, evaluate a small business opportunity, conduct what-if analysis, identify key variables using sensitivity analysis, and linear programming models and deterministic models.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 2.0 Module Introduction
  2. Video: 2.1 Using assumptions and decision variables in spreadsheet models
  3. Video: 2.2 Structuring a spreadsheet to model variables, objectives, and objective functions
  4. Video: 2.3 Constructing simple cashflow model
  5. Video: 2.4 What-if analysis and sensitivity analysis
  6. Video: 2.5 Limits to simple, deterministic models
  7. Lecture: PDF of Module 2 Lecture Slides
  8. Lecture: Module 2 examples

Graded: Module 2 Quiz: Classic Models

WEEK 3


Addressing Uncertainty and Probability in Models



This module was designed to introduce you to how you can use spreadsheets to address uncertainty and probability. You'll learn about random variables, probability distributions, power, exponential, and log functions in model formulas, models for calculating probability trees and decision trees, how to use regression tools to make predictions, as well as multiple regression. By the end of this module, you'll be able to measure correlations between variables using spreadsheet statistical functions, understand the results of functions that calculate correlations, use regression tools to make predictions, and improve forecasts with multiple regression.


6 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: 3.0 Introduction
  2. Video: 3.1 Random variables and probability distributions
  3. Video: 3.2 Changes in discrete and continuous time
  4. Video: 3.3 Power, exponential, and log functions
  5. Video: 3.4 Probability trees and decision trees
  6. Video: 3.5 Correlation and Regression
  7. Lecture: PDF of Module 3 Lecture Slides
  8. Lecture: Module 3 examples
  9. Lecture: Additional reading on exponential and other functions

Graded: Module 3 Quiz: Probability, Correlation, and Regression

WEEK 4


Simulation and Optimization



In this module, you'll learn to use spreadsheets to implement Monte Carlo simulations as well as linear programs for optimization. You'll examine the purpose of Monte Carlo simulations, how to implement Monte Carlo simulations in spreadsheets, the types of problems you can address with linear programs and how to implement those linear programs in spreadsheets. By the end of this module, you'll be able to model uncertainty and risk in spreadsheets, and use Excel's solver to optimize resources to reach a desired outcome. You'll also be able to identify the similarities and differences between Excel and Sheets, and be prepared for the next course in the Business and Financial Modeling Specialization.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: 4.0 Introduction
  2. Video: 4.1 Monte Carlo Simulations
  3. Video: 4.2 Linear Programming
  4. Video: 4.3 Next Steps, and Differences between Excel and Sheets
  5. Lecture: PDF of Module 4 Lecture Slides
  6. Lecture: Module 4 examples
  7. Lecture: Links and other resources for further study

Graded: Module 4 Quiz: Simulations, Scenarios, and Optimization

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