I managed to convince my manager to settle for less. He wanted a drop down list in excel where you could select departments. Now excel has a drop down, and that is even within my limited knowledge. But with only one selection option, so I am already copying and pasting code without knowing what it precisely does.
Not a comfortable thought
So I went for the non technical solution. "hey, this is hard. I need help or it is going to take long" "oh, and it will not add much"