August 2018 MBA 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**
Your final score in Smartly will consist of a weighted average of the following: 
- 20%: SmartCase scores (your best score for each SmartCase)
- 70%: Midterm and Final Exam scores
- 10%: Projects: Accounting and Marketing Case Studies 
Learn more about how grades are calculated  here.
**Community**

Smartly will use Slack as a platform for getting to know your classmates and engaging in additional discussion. We will post exercises, articles, and videos each week in Slack to extend what you're learning and give you opportunities for extra practice. 

**Projects**
You will be graded on your performance on two projects, an Accounting Case Study and a Marketing Project. You can work alone or in groups of up to 5. Learn more about project grades  here.
**Exams**
The Midterm will focus on the material learned in the first 3 concentrations (Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions). Learn more about the Midterm  here.

The Final Exam will focus on the remaining 5 concentrations. See below for the midterm and final exam window dates. Learn more about the Final Exam here.

**Course Schedule**

Week 1: August 20 Accounting I: Fundamentals     
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses
Week 2: August 27 Stocks and Bonds      
Accounting III: Financial Statements 
Week 3: September 3 Accounting IV: Working with Ratios      
Managerial Accounting 
Week 4: September 10 Accounting Group Project   
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)
Week 5: September 17 Accounting Group Project Due  
Submit Accounting Group Project by the end of the week  
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)
Week 6: September 24 Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (review if needed)     
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview 
Week 7: October 1 Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities      
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations 
Week 8: October 8 Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy      
Macroeconomics: International Trade 
Week 9: October 15 Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 10: October 22 One-Variable Statistics (review if needed)      
Probability Fundamentals 
Week 11: October 29 Probability Distributions   
Excel for One-Variable Statistics (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)      
*Note: You can find the Excel course in your  Library.
Week 12: November 5 Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)     
Regression Analysis 
Week 13: November 12 Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 14: November 19 Excel for Two-Variable Statistics and Regression Analysis (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)      
Data Collection     
*Note: You can find the Excel course in your  Library.
Week 15: November 26 Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions 
Week 16: December 3 Advanced Statistical Inference
Week 17: December 8 Midterm Review 
Midterm Exam Practice (optional)  
*Note: You can find the Midterm Exam Practice  here.
Week 18: December 12—December 24 Midterm Exam: 
Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions  
Week 19: December 24 Winter Break 
Week 20: December 31 Winter Break
Week 21: January 7 Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams      
Organizational Structure and Culture   
Week 22: January 14 Corporate Governance 
Week 23: January 21 Theories of Leadership      
Developing a Corporate Philosophy 
Week 24: January 28 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility      
The Art of Negotiation  
Week 25: February 4 Marketing Fundamentals (review if needed)     
Marketing Mechanics 
Week 26: February 11 Brand Development and Management            
A/B Testing for Marketers 
Week 27: February 18 Digital Marketing Fundamentals
Week 28: February 25 Pricing I: Fundamentals
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit
Week 29: March 4 Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing
Week 30: March 11 Marketing Group Project
Week 31: March 18 Finance: Time Value of Money (review if needed)     
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure     
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem
Week 32: March 25 Capital Budgeting     
Modern Portfolio Theory
Week 33: April 1 Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow     
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations
Week 34: April 8 Break Week
Week 35: April 15 Marketing Group Project Due 
Submit Marketing Group Project by the end of the week
Week 36: April 22 Project Management
Week 37: April 29 Operations Management Fundamentals     
Operations Management: Managing Uncertainty of Demand
Week 38: May 6 Forecasting Fundamentals     
Supply Chain Management
Week 39: May 13 Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy     
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy
Week 40: May 20 Mergers & Acquisitions I: Theory and Practice
Strategy III: International Strategy     
Week 41: May 27 Innovation Fundamentals
Balanced Scorecard
Week 42: June 3 Strategy Case Study
Week 43: June 10 Customer Discovery
Customer Validation
Week 44: June 17 Developing a Business Plan
Entrepreneurial Finance
Week 45: June 22 Final Exam Review 
Final Exam Practice: Operations Management (optional)
Week 46: June 30 - July 14 Final Exam: 
Leading Organizations, Marketing & Pricing, Finance, Supply Chain & Operations, Strategy & Innovation 
   

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