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