April 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 and your chosen Specializations. 
  4. Complete the Accounting and Leading Organizations projects.
  5. Participate in the Markets & Economies presentation
  6. 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).
  7. 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%
  • Exams: 60%

See below for more information on projects, presentations, SMARTCASEs, exams, and Specializations.

~Course Schedule~


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

Specialization Period 3
Capstone Project and Presentation Due by end of week
Week 53: 
April 6
Specialization Period 3 
   

More about the Projects & Presentations 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. 

In addition to the written projects, you will complete two presentations: a Markets and Economies case study response, and Presentation of your Capstone.

This score is broken down as follows:

  • Capstone project 40%
  • Capstone presentation 10%
  • Accounting project 20%
  • Leading Organizations project 20%
  • Markets & Economies presentation 10%

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 Exams - 60%

You will take eight Concentration Exams and three Specialization Exams over the course of your program. These exams are made available after each concentration or specialization 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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