University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Business Analytics Course - Using Excel

PivotTables & Visualization


1:00pm - 5:00pm

UNCW, Wilmington, NC

Think ahead! Register for Predictive AnalyticsPower Query, and PivotTables & Visualization and save $198!

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Course fee includes:

  • Course slides and handouts
  • Online Access to Course
  • Certificate

$999 for all three courses: Predictive AnalyticsPower Query, and PivotTables & Visualization

UNCW Faculty/Staff/Students/Alum receive a 25% discount. Email providing your name and desired course and departmental fund to charge to initiate billing to your department with an IDI (internal Invoice). You can not pay with a UNCW Purchasing Card.

Active military members, veterans and spouses receive a 25% discount off of the course fee! Email directly for the discount code.

UNCW Swain Center is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Professional Development Credits (PDC). This program is valid for 4 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Fully Online (Details will be emailed one week prior to start date.)

Dataset Exploration and Table Conversion

Flash Fill for Patterned Data

Constructing PivotTables

Flash Fill and PivotTable Basics

Filters, Slicers, and Timelines

PivotTable Calculations and Pivot Charts

Advanced PivotTable Skills

Accessing and Manipulating Data in a PivotTable

Note: This course is taught using Excel 2016. Older version users may be fine, but some features taught will not be fully compatible.


Businesses have access to more data than ever before. It can be frustrating to clean and prepare data from different sources and then quickly analyze and create impressive visualizations for decision makers. It doesn’t have to be that way.

This course will enable you to understand, prepare, analyze, interpret and present data using Excel. This is a fast-paced, hands-on course that will introduce a range of tools, techniques, tips, and tricks to help you make better decisions using data. The course will feature an in-depth exploration of PivotTables. PivotTables are primarily used to easily and efficiently summarize, explore, and present data.

Note: This course is taught using Excel 2016. Older version users may be fine, but some features taught will not be fully compatible.

This program is designed for people who:

  • need to more efficiently prepare reports in Excel 
  • have basic exposure to Excel
  • need to analyze data in Excel to enhance decision-making and/or reporting 

It is important to be proficient in data analytics to:

  • efficiently perform routine data analysis tasks
  • make better decisions on how to allocate resources to improve your organization
  • quickly produce charts and tables that are easily understood by others
  • avoid mistakes in combining data
  • extract meaningful insights from data

Why Business Analytics? Importance of Business Analytics

By the end of this hands-on course, you will be able to:

  • Work faster and more efficiently in Excel
  • Visualize and summarize data using PivotTables, vlookup, flash fill, and charts
  • Identify the right chart for your data
  • Enhance charts for the right purpose
  • Data preparation, cleaning, and exploration

"I am thankful to have had the opportunity to take this class. The concepts I learned I will definitely be able to use."

"I learned a vast amount of information. Analytics is unlike any other class I've taken thus far. It provided a challenge, but proved very interesting. I would definitely recommend this class."

"Enjoyed the class and found it very interesting. Professor Hill was very helpful when I needed help."

"I enjoyed the learning opportunity and the quality of the teaching!"

"This course was efficient and presented with the audience in mind."

"Instructor was very helpful and willing to assist outside of the training class."

Dr. Stephen Hill Stephen Hill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Analytics in the Analytics, Information Systems & Supply Chain Department

Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

A native of Alabama, Dr. Hill received his doctorate in Operations Management from the University of Alabama in 2008. At UNCW Dr. Hill teaches courses in analytics, operations management, and supply chain management. He has received several awards in recognition of his teaching. Dr. Hill's research focuses on application of analytics techniques in a variety of areas such as: supply chains, sports, and healthcare. He is also interested in research related to innovative approaches to education.