August 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 EMBA application. 

Your grade is weighted in the following way:

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

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

~Course Schedule~


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