May 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 & Presentations: 20%
  • SMARTCASEs: 20%
  • Exams: 60%

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

~Course Schedule~

Week 1: 
May 20
Accounting I: Fundamentals           
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses      
Week 2: 
May 27
Stocks and Bonds         
Accounting III: Financial Statements      
Week 3: 
June 3
Accounting IV: Working with Ratios            
Managerial Accounting   
Week 4: 
June 10
Accounting Exam
Week 5: 
June 17
Accounting Case Study
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (Optional, but recommended if you have Excel)    
Week 6: 
June 24
Accounting Case Study Due
Submit your accounting case study by the end of the week.  
Week 7: 
July 1
Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand       
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview   
Week 8: 
July 8
Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities          
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations  
Week 9: 
July 15
Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy             
Macroeconomics: International Trade    
Week 10: 
July 22
Markets and Economies Exam   
Week 11: 
July 29
Markets and Economies Case Study Presentation
Week 12: 
August 5
One-Variable Statistics 
Week 13: 
August 12
Probability Fundamentals             
Probability Distributions  
Week 14: 
August 19
Two-Variable Statistics                
Regression Analysis   
Week 15: 
August 26
Data Collection
Week 16: 
September 2
Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions 
Week 17: 
September 9
Advanced Statistical Inference
Week 18: 
September 16
Data and Decisions Exam  
Week 19: 
September 23
Operations Management Fundamentals  
Project Management  
Week 20: 
September 30
Operations Management Exam
Week 21: 
October 7
Specialization Period 1 
Week 22: 
October 14
Specialization Period 1
Week 23: 
October 21
Specialization Period 1 
Week 24: 
October 28
Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams       
Organizational Structure and Culture
Week 25: 
November 4  
Theories of Leadership       
Developing a Corporate Philosophy     
Week 26: 
November 11
Corporate Governance
Week 27: 
November 18
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility          
The Art of Negotiation
Week 28:
November 25

Leading Organizations Exam
Week 29: 
December 2

Leading Organizations Case Study
Week 30:
December 9
Marketing Fundamentals           
Marketing Mechanics 
Week 31: 
December 16
Brand Development and Management             
A/B Testing for Marketers 
Week 32: 
December 23
Winter Break
Week 33: 
December 30
Winter Break
Week 34:
January 6
Digital Marketing Fundamentals
Pricing I: Fundamentals 
Week 35: 
January 13
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit
Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing
Week 36: 
January 20
Marketing and Pricing Exam 
Week 37: 
January 27
Capstone Project Kickoff 
Developing a Business Plan 
The Art of Presentation
Week 38: 
February 3
Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy    
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy 
Week 39: 
February 10
Strategy III: International Strategy    
Balanced Scorecard
Week 40: 
February 17

Strategy and Innovation Exam
Week 41: 
February 24

Strategy and Innovation Case Study
Week 42: 
March 2
Specialization Period 2    
Week 43: 
March 9
Specialization Period 2   
Week 44: 
March 16
Specialization Period 2   
Week 45: 
March 23
Finance: Time Value of Money         
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure  
Week 46: 
March 30
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem
Week 47: 
April 6
Capital Budgeting
Modern Portfolio Theory
Week 48: 
April 13

 Finance Exam
Week 49: 
April 20

Capstone Project Check-In
Week 50: 
April 27
Specialization Period 3

Week 51: 
May 4
Specialization Period 3
Week 52: 
May 11
Specialization Period 3
Capstone Project and Presentation Due by end of week
Week 53: 
May 18
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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