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