Should I follow the Course Syllabus?
Yes, it's strongly recommended that you following the Winter 2016 Course Syllabus. The midterm exam will cover courses in the first half of the syllabus, which means you should complete those courses before taking the midterm.
In addition, your final grade is impacted by your participation in exercises and case studies posted in the Smartly MBA Winter 2016 Slack community. These exercises and case studies will be posted in time according to the Course Syllabus.