April 2018 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: April 2, 2018 Accounting I: Fundamentals           
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses      
Week 2: April 9, 2018 Stocks and Bonds         
Accounting III: Financial Statements      
Week 3: April 16, 2018 Accounting IV: Working with Ratios            
Managerial Accounting   
Week 4: April 23, 2018 Accounting Exam
Week 5: April 30, 2018 Accounting Case Study
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (Optional, but recommended if you have Excel) 
Week 6: May 7, 2018 Accounting Case Study Due
Submit your Accounting Case Study by the end of the day on May 13th       
Week 7: May 14, 2018 Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand       
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview        
Week 8: May 21, 2018 Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities          
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations     
Week 9: May 28, 2018 Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy             
Macroeconomics: International Trade  
Week 10: June 4, 2018 Markets and Economies Exam   
Week 11: June 11, 2018 One-Variable Statistics      
Week 12: June 18, 2018 Probability Fundamentals             
Probability Distributions  
Week 13: June 25, 2018 Two-Variable Statistics                
Regression Analysis            
Week 14: July 2, 2018 Data Collection    
Week 15: July 9, 2018 Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions      
Week 16: July 16, 2018 Advanced Statistical Inference 
Week 17: July 23, 2018 Data and Decisions Exam  
Week 18: July 30, 2018 Specialization Period 1 
Week 19: August 6, 2018 Specialization Period 1 
Week 20: August 13, 2018 Specialization Period 1
Week 21: August 20, 2018 Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams       
Organizational Structure and Culture
Week 22: August 27, 2018 Theories of Leadership       
Developing a Corporate Philosophy       
Week 23: September 3, 2018 Corporate Governance
Week 24: September 10, 2018 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility          
The Art of Negotiation
Week 25: September 17, 2018 Leading Organizations Exam
Week 26: September 24, 2018 Leading Organizations Case Study
Week 27: October 1, 2018 Marketing Fundamentals           
Marketing Mechanics  
Week 28: October 8, 2018 Brand Development and Management            
A/B Testing for Marketers 
Week 29: October 15, 2018 Digital Marketing Fundamentals
Week 30: October 22, 2018 Pricing I: Fundamentals             
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit     
Week 31: October 29, 2018 Marketing and Pricing Exam 
Week 32: November 5, 2018 Capstone Project Kickoff 
Developing a Business Plan 
Week 33: November 12, 2018 Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy    
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy
Week 34: November 19, 2018    Strategy III: International Strategy    
Balanced Scorecard         
Week 35: November 26, 2018 Strategy and Innovation Exam
Week 36: December 3, 2018 Strategy and Innovation Case Study        
Week 37: December 10, 2018 Specialization Period 2           
Week 38: December 17, 2018 Specialization Period 2
Week 39: December 24. 2018 Winter Break
Week 40: December 31, 2018 Winter Break
Week 41: January 7, 2019 Specialization Period 2   
Week 42: January 14, 2019 Finance: Time Value of Money         
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure   
Week 43: January 21, 2019 Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem
Week 44: January 28, 2019  Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow    
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations
Week 45: February 4, 2019  Finance Exam
Week 46: February 11, 2019  Capstone Project Check-In
Week 47: February 18, 2019  Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (Optional, review if needed)
Operations Management Fundamentals     
Week 48: February 25, 2019    Project Management
Week 49: March 4, 2019   Operations Management Exam
Week 50: March 11, 2019    Specialization Period 3 
Week 51: March 18, 2019    Specialization Period 3 
Week 52: March 25, 2019    Specialization Period 3 and  Capstone Project Due
Week 53: April 1—April 8, 2019 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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