July 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. 

~Course Requirements~

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%
  • Project(s): 10%
  • SMARTCASEs: 20%
  • Concentration Exams: 60%

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

~Course Schedule~


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