Sept 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 Accounting, Leading Organizations, and Capstone Projects.
  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:

  • Projects: 20%
  • SMARTCASEs: 20%
  • Concentration Exams: 60%

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

~Course Schedule~


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

More about the Projects Grade - 20%

Over the course of this program, you will complete three projects: an Accounting Case Study, a Leading Organizations Case Study, and a Capstone Project. Each project we assign will be accompanied by a prompt and grading rubric. Grading will be based on the thoroughness and accuracy of your response. The assignment and due dates for each project are listed on your curriculum above.

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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