September 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: 
- 10%: SmartCase scores (your best score for each SmartCase)
- 70%: Midterm and Final Exam scores
- 20%: 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 several projects, and presentations.  For the group projects, you can choose to 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:  
September 9
Accounting I: Fundamentals        
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses
Week 2:  
September 16
Stocks and Bonds         
Accounting III: Financial Statements 
Week 3:  
September 23
Accounting IV: Working with Ratios         
Managerial Accounting 
Week 4:  
September 30
Accounting Group Project      
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (optional, but recommended if you have Excel)
Week 5: 
October 7
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:  
October 14
Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand (review if needed)        
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview 
Week 7:  
October 21
Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities         
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations 
Week 8:  
October 28
Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy         
Macroeconomics: International Trade 
Week 9: 
November 4
Markets & Economies Case Study Presentation
Week 10:  
November 11
One-Variable Statistics (review if needed)         
Probability Fundamentals 
Week 11:  
November 18
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:  
November 25
Two-Variable Statistics (review if needed)        
Regression Analysis 
Week 13:  
December 2
Break - Spend this time getting caught up with the schedule, if needed.
Week 14:  
December 9
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:   
December 16
Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions  
Week 16:   
December 23
Winter Break
Week 17:  
December 30
Winter Break
Week 18: 
January 6-10 
Advanced Statistical Inference 
Week 19:  
January 11
Midterm Review    
Midterm Exam Practice (optional)     
*Note: You can find the Midterm Exam Practice  here.
Week 20:  
January 15 - 26
Midterm Exam:  
Accounting, Markets & Economies, and Data & Decisions  

Week 21:  
January 27
Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams         
Organizational Structure and Culture    
Week 22:  
February 3
Corporate Governance  
Week 23:  
February 10
Theories of Leadership         
Developing a Corporate Philosophy  
Week 24:  
February 17
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility         
The Art of Negotiation   
Week 25:  
February 24
Leading Organizations Case Study
Week 26:  
March 2
Marketing Group Project
Marketing Fundamentals (review if needed)        
Marketing Mechanics  
Week 27:   
March 9
Brand Development and Management               
A/B Testing for Marketers  
Week 28:
March 16
Digital Marketing Fundamentals 
Week 29:  
March 23
Pricing I: Fundamentals   
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit 
Week 30:  
March 30
Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing 
Week 31: 
April 6
Break Week
Week 32:
April 13
Marketing Group Project & Presentation due
Week 33:  
April 20
Finance: Time Value of Money (review if needed)        
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure        
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem  
Week 34:  
April 27
Capital Budgeting        
Modern Portfolio Theory  
Week 35:  
May 4
Valuation I: Discounted Free Cash Flow        
Valuation II: Equity & Market Valuations   
Excel for Finance  
Week 36:  
May 11
Corporate Finance Case Study
Week 37: 
May 18
Corporate Finance Case Study Due  
Submit Corporate Finance Project by the end of the week  
Week 38: 
May 25
Project Management  
Week 39:  
June 1
Operations Management Fundamentals        
Operations Management: Managing Uncertainty of Demand 
Week 40:  
June 8
Forecasting Fundamentals        
Supply Chain Management  
Week 41:  
June 15
Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy        
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy  
Week 42:  
June 22
Strategy Case Study
Week 43:
June 29
Mergers & Acquisitions I: Theory and Practice   
Strategy III: International Strategy    
Week 44:  
July 6
Innovation Fundamentals   
Balanced Scorecard 
Week 45:   
July 13
Strategy Case Study Presentation due
Week 46:  
July 20
Customer Discovery   
Customer Validation
Week 47:  
July 27 - 31
Developing a Business Plan   
Venture Capital
Week 48:  
August 1 - 8
Final Exam Review    
Final Exam Practice: Operations Management (optional)  
Week 49: 
August 9 - 23
Final Exam:  
Leading Organizations, Marketing & Pricing, Finance, Supply Chain & Operations, Strategy & Innovation
   

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