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Unit description

Aims to cover all aspects of the marketing research process as an aid to improved decision making within the organisation. Topics covered include the requirements of scientific method, sources of data, data collection methods and techniques, analysis and presentation of data and results; with careful consideration of the limitations of different methods and techniques. Emphasis is on practical application to “real life” situations.

Unit content

This unit presents the marketing research process for exploratory and descriptive research. This is to guide you through your survey-based research project. The last topic considers an additional research area – causal research (experimentation, including test marketing).

Topic 1 Introduction to marketing research, the research process and problem definition
Topic 2 Exploratory research: Qualitative and secondary data
Topic 3 Descriptive research: Survey and observation
Topic 4 Measurement concepts
Topic 5 Questionnaire design
Topic 6 Sampling
Topic 7 Fieldwork
Topic 8 Data preparation
Topic 9 Basic data analysis
Topic 10 Advanced data analysis
Topic 11 Communicating research results
Topic 12 Course Review and Exam Overview

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1develop problem analysing skills and the ability to translate a marketing problem into a feasible research question
2provide a working knowledge of the concepts and methods of marketing research
3conduct a thorough literature review on a specific topic
4design their own research projects from identifying gaps in the specific literatures
5demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the applications of marketing research in the organisation and its usefulness in strategy formulation.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop problem analysing skills and the ability to translate a marketing problem into a feasible research question
  2. provide a working knowledge of the concepts and methods of marketing research
  3. conduct a thorough literature review on a specific topic
  4. design their own research projects from identifying gaps in the specific literatures
  5. demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the applications of marketing research in the organisation and its usefulness in strategy formulation.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

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