Excel: Making Sense of Data 2024

Learning objectives

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:​

  • Apply different methods to pull data into Excel for analysis​
  • Use tools that can be used to clean data sets for analysis​
  • Apply visualization options for data, including the ability to graph geographic data​
  • Build simple dashboards using lookup functions and PivotTables​
  • Explain the capabilities of the Excel Analysis ToolPak
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Instructor bio

Michael (“Mike”) Brown’s extensive experience confirms his presence as a leader in the accounting community—with a commitment for student success and a passion for teaching. For over 15 years, Mike has been a senior national instructor with Becker Professional Education. He has reached 167,000 individual students—just since February of 2019—in Becker’s CPA and CMA Review courses and countless more through his presentations at conferences, firms, universities and in the online community. Mike’s teaching is enhanced by his vast accounting experience in many industries, including manufacturing, financial, retail, real estate and service. In addition to the CPA Review, CMA Review and CPE courses he teaches at Becker, Mike is an adjunct professor in accounting at Franklin University. He also recently completed a term on the Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors. Mike graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Master of Science in Accounting. He is a licensed CPA in the State of North Carolina, currently residing in Raleigh with his wife and two children.


  • University of Virginia 
    • BS Commerce (Accounting and MIS concentrated)
  • University of Science 
    • MS Accounting (Audit concentrated)

Licenses & designations

  • CPA
  • CMA
  • CSCA
  • CGMA

Teaching & instruction



Awards & recognition 

  • Becker Senior Faculty Award
  • Professional Education Award (2017)
  • Adtalem Global Education TEACH Award (2019)

What do you love about Becker?

"I love that Becker never accepts that what we have is good enough and is always willing to challenge the status quo in an effort to improve. I love the scale of the impact we are able to have both in terms of the number of students we can reach and the impact of the profession as a whole. I love that it gives me the opportunity to do what I love!"

What would you tell an accounting student today?

"The possibilities for a career in accounting are truly limitless - even if you could list all the opportunities available today, the list would be out of date by tomorrow. Never forget, that first and foremost, accounting is a people business - as long as you cultivate your ability to connect with others, you will have opportunities to succeed!"

Becker fun fact

"I've visited 48 of the 50 states (just Alaska and North Dakota left to go!). I love playing board games - in fact, I have a whole room of my house devoted to my board game collection."



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