MBA May 2017 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~

Your final score in Smartly will consist of a weighted average of the following: 

  • 20%: SmartCase scores (your best score for each SmartCase)
  • 70%: Midterm and Final Exam scores
  • 10%: participation in the Slack group, including your responses to weekly exercises and case studies

Learn more about how grades are calculated  here.


We will post exercises and case studies related to each week's assignment in Slack, so make sure you're keeping up with the schedule. These activities give you extra practice and contribute toward your participation score.


The Midterm will focus on the material learned in the first 3 concentrations (Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions). Learn more about the Midterm  here.

The Final Exam will focus on the remaining 5 concentrations. See below for the midterm and final exam window dates. Learn more about the Final Exam  here.

~Course Schedule~

Week 1: May 8    
Business Foundations
Accounting I: Fundamentals     
Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand    
One-Variable Statistics    
Week 2: May 15    
Business Foundations
Two-Variable Statistics    
Marketing Fundamentals    
Finance: Time Value of Money   
Week 3: May 22 Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (review if needed)     
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview      
Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities   
Week 4: May 29 Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations      
Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy      
Macroeconomics: International Trade   
Week 5: June 5 Accounting I: Fundamentals (review if needed)     
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses      
Stocks and Bonds   
Week 6: June 12 Accounting III: Financial Statements      
Accounting IV: Working with Ratios      
Managerial Accounting   
Week 7: June 19 Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 8: June 26
One-Variable Statistics (review if needed)    
Probability Fundamentals     
Probability Distributions    
Week 9: July 3
Excel for One-Variable Statistics and Probability (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)    
Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)    
Regression Analysis    
*Note: You can find the Excel course in your Library.   
Week 10: July 10 Excel for Two-Variable Statistics and Regression Analysis (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)    
Data Collection    
Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions   
*Note: You can find the Excel course in your  Library.   
Week 11: July 17 Advanced Statistical Inference   
Excel for Inferential Statistics (optional, but recommended if you have Excel) 
*Note: You can find the Excel course in your  Library.   
Week 12: July 22-25 Midterm Review
Week 13: July 26 - August 6 Midterm Exam:  
Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions 
Week 14: August 7 Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams      
Organizational Structure and Culture      
Theories of Leadership    
Week 15: August 14 Developing a Corporate Philosophy      
Marketing Fundamentals (review if needed)     
Week 16: August 21 Marketing Mechanics    
Brand Development and Management
Week 17: August 28  
Digital Marketing Fundamentals      
A/B Testing for Marketers   
Week 18: September 4   
Pricing I: Fundamentals      
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit   
Week 19: September 11 
Finance: Time Value of Money (review if needed)     
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure      
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani Miller Theorem      
Week 20: September 18 
Capital Budgeting
Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow    
Week 21: September 25 
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations      
Project Management      
Week 22: October 2  Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 23: October 9 
Operations Management Fundamentals
Operations Management: Managing Uncertainty of Demand             
Week 24: October 16 Forecasting Fundamentals
Supply Chain Management
Week 25: October 23 Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy      
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy   
Week 26: October 30 Strategy III: International Strategy      
Innovation Fundamentals       
Week 27: November 4  
Review Period 
Week 28: November 12 - 26 Final Exam: 
Leading Organizations, Marketing & Pricing, Finance,     
Supply Chain & Operations, Strategy & Innovation

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