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.
To earn your EMBA degree, you must:
- Complete all courses in the EMBA curriculum within the required time frame
- 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.)
- Complete the exams associated with each concentration.
- Complete the Capstone Project.
- 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.
|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
|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
|Week 12: June 5, 2017|| Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)
|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
|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
| Week 43: January 8, 2018
|| Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations
| Week 44: January 15, 2018
| 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
| 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%
- 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:
- Replying to a discussion exercise
- Asking a question about a concept that is confusing to you
- Answering an administrative question that a classmate has
- Posting a link to a relevant article
- Having a friendly chat with your classmates about careers, Smartly, or a business topic, and more.
- Aim for at least one interaction per week, but ideally try to comment on each exercise.
- Your participation is measured on whether you reply to exercises and discussion questions with thoughtfulness:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We measure both the number of comments and the quality of your responses.
- Only participation in the public channels in Slack are counted.
- 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.
- 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.