March 2017 EMBA Curriculum / Grading

Welcome to Smartly! Here's the course syllabus for your program. It's strongly recommended that you follow the schedule below to complete your required lessons per week. 

~Final Score~

To earn your EMBA degree, you must: 

  1. Complete all courses in the EMBA curriculum within the required time frame
  2. Achieve scores of at least 80% in the graded SMARTCASE lessons. (SMARTCASEs can be taken as many times as you want. Only the best score will be counted towards your final grade.)
  3. Complete the exams associated with each concentration.
  4. Complete the Capstone Project.
  5. Submit the required documents that confirm your identity, eligibility and past academic performance as referenced in your MBA application. 

Your grade is weighted in the following way:

  • Participation: 10%
  • Final project(s): 10%
  • SMARTCASEs: 20%
  • Concentration Exams: 60%

See below for more information on participation, SMARTCASEs, and Concentration Exams.

~Course Schedule~

Week 1: March 20, 2017 Accounting I: Fundamentals (review if needed)    
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses     
Week 2: March 27, 2017 Stocks and Bonds  
Accounting III: Financial Statements     
Week 3: April 3, 2017 Accounting IV: Working with Ratios     
Managerial Accounting  
Week 4: April 10, 2017 Case Study
Week 5: April 17, 2017 Accounting Exam
Week 6: April 24, 2017 Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (review if needed)    
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview     
Week 7: May 1, 2017 Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities  
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations     
Week 8: May 8, 2017 Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy     
Macroeconomics: International Trade  
Week 9: May 15, 2017 Markets and Economies Exam
Week 10: May 22, 2017 One-Variable Statistics 
Week 11: May 29, 2017 Probability Fundamentals     
Probability Distributions    
Week 12: June 5, 2017 Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)    
Regression Analysis    
Week 13: June 12, 2017 Data Collection    
Week 14: June 19, 2017 Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions   
Week 15: June 26, 2017 Advanced Statistical Inference   
Week 16: July 3, 2017 Data and Decisions Exam
Week 17: July 10, 2017 Specialization Period 1
Week 18: July 17, 2017 Specialization Period 1
Week 19: July 24, 2017 Specialization Period 1
Week 20: July 31, 2017 Specialization Period 1
Week 21: August 7, 2017 Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams
Organizational Structure and Culture
Week 22: August 14, 2017 Theories of Leadership
Developing a Corporate Philosophy      
Week 23: August 21, 2017 Corporate Governance
Week 24: August 28, 2017 Corporate and Personal Ethics
Negotiation Analysis and Strategy
Week 25: September 4, 2017 Leading Organizations Case Study
Week 26: September 11, 2017 Leading Organizations Exam
**September 14-17 Optional Onsite Weekend**
Week 27: September 18, 2017 Marketing Fundamentals    
Marketing Mechanics   
Week 28: September 25, 2017 Digital Marketing Fundamentals      
A/B Testing for Marketers   
Week 29: October 2, 2017 Pricing I: Fundamentals      
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit   
Week 30: October 9, 2017 Marketing and Pricing Exam
Week 31: October 16, 2017 Capstone Project Kickoff
Developing a Business
Week 32: October 23, 2017 Specialization Period 2
Week 33: October 30, 2017 Specialization Period 2
Week 34: November 6, 2017 Specialization Period 2
Week 35: November 13, 2017 Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy     
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy         
Week 36: November 20, 2017 Strategy III: International Strategy
Mergers and Acquisitions            
Week 37: November 27, 2017 Strategy and Innovation Case Study             
Week 38: December 4, 2017 Strategy and Innovation Exam
Week 39: December 11, 2017 Finance: Time Value of Money   
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure     
Week 40: December 18, 2017
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem      
Week 41: December 25, 2017
Winter Break
Week 42: January 1, 2018
Winter Break
Week 43: January 8, 2018
Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations
Week 44: January 15, 2018
Finance Exam
Week 45: January 22, 2018
Capstone Project Check-In      
Week 46: January 29, 2018
Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand
Operations Management Fundamentals     
Week 47: February 5, 2018
Project Management
Week 48: February 12, 2018
Supply Chain and Operations Exam
Week 49: February 19, 2018
Specialization Period 3
Week 50: February 26, 2018
Specialization Period 3
Week 51: March 5, 2018
Capstone Project Due
Specialization Period 3
Week 52: March 12, 2018 Specialization Period 3

More about the Participation Grade - 10%

  1. Participation is considered to be any interaction in the public channels in Slack that will help you and your classmates learn. Here are some examples:
    1. Replying to a discussion exercise
    2. Asking a question about a concept that is confusing to you
    3. Answering an administrative question that a classmate has
    4. Posting a link to a relevant article
    5. Having a friendly chat with your classmates about careers, Smartly, or a business topic, and more.
  2. Aim for at least one interaction per week, but ideally try to comment on each exercise.
  3. Your participation is measured on whether you reply to exercises and discussion questions with thoughtfulness:
    1. This program is about learning, so it’s not expected that you already know all the material! Just come to the discussion prepared to learn and to help your classmates. We want you to build off of each other’s knowledge so you can grow and achieve more than if you were doing the MBA alone. 
    2. We're looking for you to be actively engaged in the Slack group however you can, given your busy schedules. Participation will help you learn, and you'll get from it what you put in. Participation does not include just reading through posts—it's your thoughts and ideas that will stimulate a helpful, friendly, motivating community for you and your classmates. 
    3. Even if you see other comments that are similar to yours on exercises and case studies, we think there is value in articulating your thoughts, so we encourage you to post your responses. Your responses to exercises and case studies are not graded on whether they are "right" or "wrong." Just like within Smartly lessons, you don't always need to have the right answer—this is a learning environment. 
    4. We measure both the number of comments and the quality of your responses. 
  4. Only participation in the public channels in Slack are counted. 
    1. Private conversations are certainly valuable, and we encourage you to build relationships with one another in both public and private channels. For the purposes of the Participation grade, we are only able to see conversations in public channels. Make sure to some degree that you are participating there, too.
  5. From time to time, we will offer video discussion exercises over Google Hangouts to give you a chance to interact in a different way with your classmates. When you participate in these sessions, please send a brief update to a public channel in Slack so that we can measure your participation. That might mean saying something like: “Joining the discussion chat now!” or “Had a great chat with @john @karim @tom this evening.” 

More about SMARTCASE scores - 20%

As you progress through lessons in Smartly, feel free to explore different answer options (both correct and incorrect) that trigger helpful feedback. You are not expected to get all "correct answers" while you are learning—mistakes are half of learning, after all—so, you aren't graded on regular lessons. You are graded on SMARTCASE lessons, as mentioned above. Only your top score in SMARTCASEs will count towards your final grade, so you can feel free to take SMARTCASEs as many times as you like.

More about the Concentration Exams - 60%

You will take eight Concentration Exams over the course of your program. These exams are made available after each concentration has ended, according to your schedule. The exams are all open book, and each consists of several lessons. They're similar in format to SMARTCASEs, meaning there are no open response questions. For more about the concentration exams,  click here.

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