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