Introduction to Data Modeling using Excel

Jacobs Mgt Center.

Self-paced, 10-week online program
October 5 - December 13, 2020
January 4 - March 14, 2021
June 7 - August 15, 2021
Cost: $1,250

Most self-proclaimed Excel users actually use less than 10% of a spreadsheet’s analytical capability. Spreadsheets are tremendously powerful tools. With them, you can manipulate complex data to supply the information you need to make critical business decisions. This course will enhance your Excel skills by teaching you to use spreadsheets as a tool to model data and support your decision-making.

Introduction to Data Modeling using Excel is a certificate program and non-credit-bearing. There are no degree requirements for the program.

Course Objectives

This course will provide you with expanded knowledge of the capabilities and power of Excel to enhance day-to-day productivity and decision-making. Take your Excel skill to the next level.

Who Should Attend

If you're already familiar with spreadsheet fundamentals and wish to learn the most sought after skills in Excel, this program is for you. You'll learn tips, tricks and shortcuts, and tap into the power of Excel to enhance day-to-day productivity and decision-making.


  • Formulas and functions (sum, average, count)
  • Logical and reference functions (if, lookups, index and match)
  • Text functions for data cleaning (trim, left, right, find)
  • Conditional formatting
  • Basic data modeling (pivot tables, what if analysis)

Computer Requirements

  • This course is recorded in Excel 2016. It is strongly recommended that participants use Excel 2016 for this course, as screens may vary slightly from version to version.
  • This course is for PC users (Windows operating system). Mac users can participate, but screens may vary from what is seen in the course. It is recommended that Mac users run Windows virtually to ensure consistency.
  • The program is delivered entirely online. To run the program, you are not required to download any additional software, beyond what is noted above.

Program Structure

You can complete this program at your own pace, anywhere and anytime, as long as you have a computer with access to the internet and a web browser. On the program start date, you'll receive access and must complete the program within 10 weeks. 

The program consists of five modules that you must complete in sequence.  Each module contains:

  • Instructor-led videos and resources
  • A practice assignment to reinforce the lesson
  • A module quiz to ensure you understand the subject matter

You'll need to complete the practice assignment and module quiz with a score of 80% each to unlock the next module. The assignment and quizzes are meant to ensure you understand the content and can be retaken as many times as needed to achieve a passing score.

Upon completion, your certificate will be mailed via United States Postal Service for participants in the continental U.S. All others will be sent via United Parcel Service.

About the Instructor

Dianna Cichocki.

Dianna Cichocki

Clinical Assistant Professor
Management Science and Systems Department


MS, Oswego State University
BA, St. John Fisher College

Dianna Cichocki teaches "Statistical Decisions in Management" in the School of Management's undergraduate program, "Statistical Foundations in Analytics" in the Professional MBA program, and "Data Modeling" in the Executive MBA program. In addition to teaching, she has led workshops and presentations at the local, state and national levels on incorporating technology into statistics and best practices in data visualization.


MGQ301 – Statistical Decisions in Management
MGQ606 – Statistical Foundations in Analytics
MGQ633 – Modeling Managerial Processes (Data Modeling)

Professional Affiliations

Decision Science Institute (DSI)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)

Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Faculty Member Award (2019)
Faculty Award for Alumni Engagement (2018)
Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award (2018)
Undergraduate Mentor of the Year (2017)
Higher Education Award, NYSUT (2012)
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (2010)
Outstanding Classroom or Alternative Instruction (2010)

Selected Publications

Amo, L.C. & Cichocki, D.M. (2019). Disgruntled yet deft with IT: Employees who pose information security risk. Paper accepted at ACM SIGMIS annual meeting, June 20-22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Amo, L.C., Giddens, L., & Cichocki, D.M. (2019). The role of employee gender in managerial perceptions of employee IS risk. Paper to be submitted to IFIP IS Working Group 8.11/11.13 annual meeting, October 4-5, 2019 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Payment Options

Payment must be received by program start date to be granted access.

Payment can be made as follows:

Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
Check made payable to UB Foundation Activities Inc. and mailed to:
Office of Professional and Executive Development
339 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260

Refund Policy

Program registrations are fully refundable until the day prior to the start of the program.