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

The Capstone project accounts for half of the project grade.  The Accounting and Leading Organizations case studies make up 25% each.

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.

More about Specializations

Smartly Specializations allow EMBA students to get a deeper understanding of topics they’re interested in. In order to graduate, each student needs to complete three specializations, with the option to complete more. If a student completes more than three specialization exams, only the top three specialization exam scores will be counted toward that student's final grade. All completed specializations, along with the earned exam score, may still be included on the student's Smartly transcript. For more information on available specializations, click here.

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