Excel Essentials


This course provides an overview of basic spreadsheet concepts using Microsoft Excel. It is intended for anyone who needs to develop fundamental spreadsheet skills for the education or business setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  2. Navigate, construct and format Excel spreadsheets
  3. Identify and apply common mathematical formulas in Excel
  4. Interpret and organize data in an Excel spreadsheet
  5. Apply basic business statistical methods to everyday situations using Excel
  6. Apply functions and formulas in Excel
  7. Use various tools, menus and automated techniques in Excel

Major Topics

  • Introduction to Excel
  • Basic spreadsheet and workbook design
  • Entering and formatting data in Excel
  • Common business math applications in Excel
  • Basic statistical methods using Excel
  • Interpreting data in Excel


About the instructor 

Lorraine Mayfield is an Excel wiz, entrepreneur, world traveler, teacher, and proud parent to her Lahsa Apso "Cinnaman.” She is an alumna of the University of Redlands, earning a Master of Arts in Business. She was inducted into the University’s Whitehead Leadership Society in 2016. Today, Loraine runs Mayfield Elite Travel, where she regularly puts her Master’s degree and Excel skills to use. Her approach to Excel instruction is hands on, and involving students in real world situations

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