January 2019 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: January 7 Accounting I: Fundamentals      
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses
Week 2: January 14 Stocks and Bonds       
Accounting III: Financial Statements 
Week 3: January 21 Accounting IV: Working with Ratios       
Managerial Accounting 
Week 4: January 28 Accounting Group Project    
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)
Week 5: February 4 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: February 11 Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (review if needed)      
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview 
Week 7: February 18 Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities       
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations 
Week 8: February 25 Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy       
Macroeconomics: International Trade 
Week 9: March 4 Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 10: March 11 One-Variable Statistics (review if needed)       
Probability Fundamentals 
Week 11: March 18 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: March 25 Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)      
Regression Analysis 
Week 13: April 1 Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 14: April 8 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: April 15 Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions  
Week 16: April 22-27 Advanced Statistical Inference 
Week 17: April 27-30 Midterm Review  
Midterm Exam Practice (optional)   
*Note: You can find the Midterm Exam Practice  here.
Week 18: May 1-12 Midterm Exam:  
Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions  
Week 19: May 13 Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams       
Organizational Structure and Culture    
Week 20: May 20 Corporate Governance  
Week 21: May 27 Theories of Leadership       
Developing a Corporate Philosophy  
Week 22: June 3 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility       
The Art of Negotiation   
Week 23: June 10 Marketing Fundamentals (review if needed)      
Marketing Mechanics  
Week 24: June 17 Brand Development and Management             
A/B Testing for Marketers  
Week 25: June 24 Digital Marketing Fundamentals 
Week 26: July 1 Pricing I: Fundamentals 
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit 
Week 27: July 8 Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing 
Week 28: July 15 Marketing Group Project
Week 29: July 22 Finance: Time Value of Money (review if needed)      
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure      
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem 
Week 30: July 29 Capital Budgeting      
Modern Portfolio Theory 
Week 31: August 5 Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow      
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations 
Excel for Finance 
Week 32: August 12 Break Week
Week 33: August 19 Marketing Group Project Due  
Submit Marketing Group Project by the end of the week 
Week 34: August 26 Project Management 
Marketing Project Presentation Due
Submit Marketing Project Presentation by the end of the week 
Week 35: September 2 Operations Management Fundamentals      
Operations Management: Managing Uncertainty of Demand 
Week 36: September 9 Forecasting Fundamentals      
Supply Chain Management 
Week 37: September 16 Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy      
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy 
Week 38: September 23 Mergers & Acquisitions I: Theory and Practice 
Strategy III: International Strategy    
Week 39: September 30 Innovation Fundamentals 
Balanced Scorecard 
Week 40: October 7   Strategy Case Study
Week 41: October 14 Customer Discovery 
Customer Validation
Week 42: October 21-25 Developing a Business Plan 
Venture Capital
Week 43: October 26 Final Exam Review  
Final Exam Practice: Operations Management (optional)
Week 44: November 3 Final Exam:  
Leading Organizations, Marketing & Pricing, Finance, Supply Chain & Operations, Strategy & Innovation 
   

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