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.
To earn your EMBA degree, you must:
- Complete all courses in the EMBA curriculum within the required time frame.
- 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.)
- Complete the exams associated with each concentration.
- Complete the Accounting, Leading Organizations, and Capstone Projects.
- 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.
|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
|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
|Week 13: November 19|| Two-Variable Statistics
|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
|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
|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.