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MS Excel for Research Data Management

​​​​​This is not an entry-level course, and only users experienced with the basic features of Excel should enrol.


This workshop is suitable for those wishing to learn how to use Microsoft Office Excel to develop data spreadsheets into charts, making use of templates, graphics and basic formulas etc. The workshop covers how to use the following MS Excel functions (amongst others) effectively:

  • Worksheet Editing & Formatting
  • Rows & Columns
  • Find and Replace
  • Referencing in Excel
  • Function Entry Dialog Box
  • Pivot Tables
  • Calculating data across worksheets
  • Tables
  • Sorting and Filtering Data
  • Charts
  • Sparklines

Target audience

SU postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation who need Excel skills to manage and organise their research data effectively.


This workshop opportunity is funded by the Postgraduate Office. There is no cost involved for registered SU postgraduates who sign up and attend, however, in the case of late cancellations or non-attendance, applicants will be responsible for the full workshop fee since late cancellations and non-attendance have considerable cost implications for our office.

Contact and booking details

Booking is essential and places are limited. Please note that we will confirm your place on receipt of your application. 
This workshop is offered in both an online and face-to-face format. Face-to-face workshops are held on Stellenbosch campus. The venue will be confirmed with the enrolled participants directly.

Online course format

Participants have an introductory live session via Microsoft Teams on the first day of the workshop. Course content is then made available to the enrolled participants via SUNLearn. Participants have seven days to work through the course material and exercises on SUNLearn at their own pace before the final live question and answer session via Teams on the last day of the workshop. The live sessions allow participants to ask the facilitator questions and receive feedback on their exercises.

The instruction sessions via Microsoft Teams consists of one introductory and closing meeting from:

In-person course format

The in-person workshop will take place on SU central campus. (Final venue information will be sent to confirmed participants).
Time: 9:00-16:00
Click on the workshop sign-up link below to secure your place.

​​The Postgraduate Skills Development Programme reserves the right to reschedule​ or to cancel a workshop if there is not enough interest. Registrations close five days before a workshop or when the workshop has reached capacity. 

Online 15 July and 22 August 202415 July and 22 August 2024 (Online)
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For enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za.