October 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.

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. 

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

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