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