September 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 written projects and proctored oral examinations.
  5. 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).
  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: 30%
  • SMARTCASEs: 10%
  • Exams: 60%

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

~Course Schedule~


Week 1: 
September 23
Accounting I: Fundamentals           
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses      
Week 2: 
September 30
Stocks and Bonds         
Accounting III: Financial Statements      
Week 3: 
October 7
Accounting IV: Working with Ratios            
Managerial Accounting   
Week 4: 
October 14
Accounting Exam
Week 5: 
October 21
Accounting Case Study
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (Optional, but recommended if you have Excel)    
Week 6: 
October 28
Accounting Case Study Due
Submit your accounting case study by the end of the week.  
Week 7: 
November 4
Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand       
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview   
Week 8: 
November 11
Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities          
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations  
Week 9: 
November 18
Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy             
Macroeconomics: International Trade    
Week 10: 
November 25
Markets and Economies Exam   
Week 11: 
December 2
Markets and Economies Case Study Presentation
Week 12: 
December 9
One-Variable Statistics 
Week 13: 
December 16
Probability Fundamentals             
Probability Distributions  
Week 14: 
December 23
Winter Break
Week 15: 
December 30
Winter Break
Week 16: 
January 6
Two-Variable Statistics                
Regression Analysis   
Week 17: 
January 13
Data Collection
Week 18: 
January 20
Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions 
Week 19: 
January 27
Data and Decisions Exam  
Week 20: 
February 3
Operations Management Fundamentals  
Project Management  
Week 21: 
February 10
Operations Management Exam
Week 22: 
February 17
Specialization Period 1
Week 23: 
February 24
Specialization Period 1 
Week 24: 
March 2
Specialization Period 1 
Week 25: 
March 9
Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams       
Organizational Structure and Culture
Week 26: 
March 16
Theories of Leadership       
Developing a Corporate Philosophy    
Week 27: 
March 23
Corporate Governance
Week 28:
March 30
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility          
The Art of Negotiation
Week 29: 
April 6
Leading Organizations Exam
Week 30:
April 13
Leading Organizations Case Study
Week 31: 
April 20
Marketing Fundamentals           
Marketing Mechanics 
Week 32: 
April 27
Brand Development and Management             
A/B Testing for Marketers 
Week 33: 
May 4
Digital Marketing Fundamentals
Pricing I: Fundamentals 
Week 34:
May 11
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit
Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing
Week 35: 
May 18
Marketing and Pricing Exam 
Week 36: 
May 25
Capstone Project Kickoff 
Developing a Business Plan 
The Art of Presentation
Week 37: 
June 1
Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy    
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy 
Week 38: 
June 8
Strategy and Innovation Case Study
Week 39: 
June 15
Strategy III: International Strategy    
Balanced Scorecard
Week 40: 
June 22
Strategy and Innovation Exam
Week 41: 
June 29
Strategy and Innovation Case Study Presentation
Week 42: 
July 6
Specialization Period 2 
Week 43: 
July 13
Specialization Period 2    
Week 44: 
July 20
Specialization Period 2   
Week 45: 
July 27
  Finance: Time Value of Money         
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure  
Week 46: 
August 3
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem
Week 47: 
August 10
Capital Budgeting
Modern Portfolio Theory
Week 48: 
August 17
Finance Exam
Week 49: 
August 24
 Corporate Finance Case Study
Week 50: 
August 31
Corporate Finance Case Study Due
Week 51: 
September 7
Capstone Project Check-In
Week 52: 
September 14
 Specialization Period 3
Week 53: 
September 21
Specialization Period 3
Week 54:
September 28
Specialization Period 3
Capstone Project and Presentation Due by end of week
Week 55:
October 5
Specialization Period 3 
   

More about the Projects & Presentations Grade - 30%

Over the course of this program, you will complete four projects and three proctored oral examinations. Each project and presentation 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 and presentation accounts for half of the project grade.

More about SMARTCASE scores - 10%

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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