March 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 & Presentations
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 & Presentations**
You will be graded on your performance on two projects, an Accounting Case Study and a Marketing Project.  You will also participate in two presentations, a Markets & Economies presentation, and a presentation of your written 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: March 25 Accounting I: Fundamentals      
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses
Week 2: April 1 Stocks and Bonds       
Accounting III: Financial Statements 
Week 3: April 8 Accounting IV: Working with Ratios       
Managerial Accounting 
Week 4: April 15 Accounting Group Project    
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)
Week 5: April 22 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: April 29 Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (review if needed)      
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview 
Week 7: May 6 Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities       
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations 
Week 8: May 13 Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy       
Macroeconomics: International Trade 
Week 9: May 20 Markets & Economies Case Study Presentation
Week 10: May 27 One-Variable Statistics (review if needed)       
Probability Fundamentals 
Week 11: June 3 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: June 10 Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)      
Regression Analysis 
Week 13: June 17 Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 14: June 24 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: July 1 Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions  
Week 16: July 8 Advanced Statistical Inference 
Week 17: July 13-16 Midterm Review  
Midterm Exam Practice (optional)   
*Note: You can find the Midterm Exam Practice  here.
Week 18: July 17-28 Midterm Exam:  
Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions  
Week 19: July 29 Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams       
Organizational Structure and Culture    
Week 20: August 5 Corporate Governance  
Week 21: August 12 Theories of Leadership       
Developing a Corporate Philosophy  
Week 22: August 19 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility       
The Art of Negotiation   
Week 23: August 26 Marketing Fundamentals (review if needed)      
Marketing Mechanics  
Week 24: September 2 Brand Development and Management             
A/B Testing for Marketers  
Week 25: September 9 Digital Marketing Fundamentals 
Week 26: September 16 Pricing I: Fundamentals 
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit 
Week 27: September 23 Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing 
Week 28: September 30 Marketing Group Project
Week 29: October 7 Finance: Time Value of Money (review if needed)      
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure      
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem 
Week 30: October 14 Capital Budgeting      
Modern Portfolio Theory 
Week 31: October 21 Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow      
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations 
Excel for Finance 
Week 32: October 28 Break Week
Week 33: November 4 Marketing Group Project Due  
Submit Marketing Group Project by the end of the week 
Week 34: November 11 Project Management 
Marketing Project Presentation Due
Submit Marketing Project Presentation by the end of the week 
Week 35: November 18 Operations Management Fundamentals      
Operations Management: Managing Uncertainty of Demand 
Week 36: November 25 Forecasting Fundamentals      
Supply Chain Management 
Week 37: December 2 Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy      
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy 
Week 38: December 9 Mergers & Acquisitions I: Theory and Practice 
Strategy III: International Strategy    
Week 39: December 16 Innovation Fundamentals 
Balanced Scorecard 
Week 40: December 23  Winter Break
Week 41: December 30 Winter Break
Week 42: January 6 Strategy Case Study
Week 43: January 13 Customer Discovery 
Customer Validation
Week 44: January 20 Developing a Business Plan 
Venture Capital
Week 45: January 25 Final Exam Review  
Final Exam Practice: Operations Management (optional)
Week 46: February 2-16 Final Exam:  
Leading Organizations, Marketing & Pricing, Finance, Supply Chain & Operations, Strategy & Innovation
   

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