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Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Introduction to Microsoft Excel is a non-credit online course that dives into the fundamentals of using Microsoft Excel from a practical use perspective. The course covers principles of data collection and analysis, building functional spreadsheets, Excel tools, and macros. Emphasis is placed on practicality; tutorials use the framework of a business case to illustrate the real-world application of course content.

Course Outline

Participants can expect to complete a combination of short assignments and activities during the course. Regular online participation is also required for successful completion. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Navigate Microsoft Excel and demonstrate a basic understanding of its functionality
  2. Determine what categories of data are relevant to a given business scenario, and present collected data in an organized, logical format
  3. Employ Microsoft Excel tools, in varying levels of complexity, to present and analyze business data (including calculated cells, logical statements and other functions, charts and pivot tables, and filtering)
  4. Understand basic syntax of Microsoft Visual Basic within the context of macro code
  5. Record macros and write simple code for macros

Schedule:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, January 15 - 27, 2025 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Format: Online Classroom. Continuing Education will provide access to Microsoft Excel. 

Prerequisites: English language proficiency

Requirements: Access to a computer with high-speed internet. 

Course Fee & Discounts: $250 + HST. UWindsor Alumni, staff, students, and Hire UWindsor Partners are eligble for discounts. Contact for the discount code.

Brandon Besant, a skilled Data Analyst and Computer Science professional, holds a BA in Computer Science from Bucknell University. Currently a Data Analyst Specialist at the University of Windsor, he adeptly develops cross-platform queries, maintains forecasting models, and advances reporting capabilities. With a background as a Controls & Systems Analyst at the City of Windsor, he automated employee scheduling, conducted data modeling, and ensured reporting integrity. Brandon's experience also includes roles at Applied Systems Canada as a Quality Assurance and Underwriting Analyst, showcasing his automation skills and problem-solving prowess. Proficient in Excel, Peoplesoft, Python, SQL, and more, Brandon's technical finesse is matched by his dedication to unraveling insights from complex data.

All course details can be accessed through Brightspace LMS.

All current versions of modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari are supported. You will be unable to access Brightspace when using Internet Explorer. Read all the Computer and Browser requirements.

Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Brightspace. If you have any issues, please contact

For login instructions and additonal support, visit the University of Windsor's Brightspace page

  • This program is eligible for the OSAP Micro-credential application (OSAPMC).
  • Participants must be registered into the program prior to applying for OSAPMC.
  • Participants are obligated to pay their fees in full, or decide to withdraw at least one week prior to the course start date should they not receive OSAPMC.
  • Register for this program accordingly to allow ample time for your application to be processed. It takes approximately 10-15 business days for the OSAPMC application to be processed.


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