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TRIMESTER 2 / 2017
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HI5004 Marketing Management T2 2017
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• Developing career related capabilities
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Welcome from the Subject Coordinator, Dr. Anh Le
Welcome to HI5004 where we study Marketing Management. Marketing begins and ends with the customers. It is about meeting their needs profitably and building relationships.
Marketing Management aims to get, keep and grow customers. It involves choosing a target market, crafting a unique positioning for the product/service, getting the “marketing mix” right, building brand equity, and creating, communicating and delivering superior customer value.
Kotler, Keller and Burton’s book on Marketing Management talks about marketing in the 21st century as follows: “Marketing is everywhere. Formally or informally, people and organisations engage in a vast number of activities that we could call marketing. Effective marketing has become an increasingly vital ingredient for business success. And marketing profoundly affects our day-to-day lives. It is embedded in everything we do – from the clothes we wear, to the websites we click on, to the ads we see.”
The purpose of this subject is to provide an understanding of marketing management and to introduce students to the principles and practices of marketing, from both a local and international perspective. The course covers various topics, including: Defining marketing; the role of market research in marketing; building strong brands; applying the 4P’s/7P’s of the marketing mix; goods versus services marketing and, integrated marketing communications (IMC).
I look forward to sharing the exciting world of marketing, consumers and brands with you
On completing this subject the students will have
1. An understanding of the theory and practice of marketing management;
2. An understanding of how marketing tools are applied in a variety of business settings;
3. An understanding of how marketing strategy is formulated from market intelligence;
4. Enhanced problem-solving and decision-making abilities in relation to market analysis;
5. An understanding of how companies organize their marketing programs and manage these activities effectively.
Awards Duration Core/Elective Subject weight
MBA 1 semester Core 3 credit points
Mode of delivery On campus
Prerequisites Nil
Workload Students are expected to attend all classes
Delivery 2 hrs of lectures and 1 hr tutorial or equivalent
Independent study 5 hrs
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In-Class test Week 6 20% 1 hour 1&2
Group assignment: Week 11
2500 words 1,2,3,4&5
Final exam Exam week 50% 2 hours 1,2,3,4&5
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Assessment 1: In-class test
Weight: 20% of total marks
Test will cover topics from Week 1 to Week 5
The class test will be help during the tutorial of Week 6
Short discussion questions
Assessment 2: Group assignment (Work in a group with 4-6 students)
Marketing strategy development
Weight: 30% of total marks
Due: 11pm, Friday Week 11
Length: 2500 words (includes references)
This length limit includes any text, figures, tables, in-text references, and appendices. This limit does not include the cover page, table of contents, or list of references (at the end of assignment).
Formatting: Report and please ensure that the report includes page numbers on each page. Submission: On due date submit to Blackboard on Final submission link
This assignment requires you to undertake the process of analysing one organisation and its operating environments from a marketing perspective. And then apply the learning from lecture 1-10 in the development of marketing strategy. You will provide an overview of this organisation, as well as detail the type of orientation towards marketing it takes. You are also required to examine and analyse the context and environments in which this organisation operates (its industry and the macro-environmental forces impacting on the industry).
The report must address the following issues:
**Please note: It is recommended that you follow the outline presented below and answer each question as it is presented.
Issue 1
Provide a brief description of this organisation and the industry to which it belongs. You may also want to include in this description any mission statements, value statements or ‘slogans’ that this organisation utilizes to communicate its purpose. In describing this organisation, please also identify its orientation towards marketing and provide relevant, detailed and factual supporting evidence to substantiate why you have identified this specific orientation. Finally, include a brief description of the product(s) this organisation offers the market. And comment on what role the brand has in this organisation’s marketing strategy.
Issue 2
Analyse each of the 5Cs for this organisation:
a. Company – what are the strengths and key resources, what are some of the weaknesses? What are the opportunities and threats?
b. Customers – who is the company serving and what type of behaviour is ‘typical’ from them?
c. Collaborators – describe their suppliers, distributors or other partners that help the company to deliver their products to the market? If company doesn’t have any – explain why it is not necessary.
d. Competitors – who are the current main competitors, are there any potential new threats or new entrants to the marketplace?
e. Context – what other factors affect this organisation (e.g., legal, political, technological, etc.)?
Issue 3
How does the firm go about collecting information (e.g., market research, market intelligence, etc.) about the 5Cs? For example, how does it learn about? a. What customers want?
b. Which competitors pose a threat?
c. How the context of business is changing, if at all?
d. What role collaborators play in the process?
Issue 4: Developing marketing strategy
Based on the market analyses, outline potential market segments that are available to the chosen organisation.
Recommend and justify:
- a choice of target market(/s)
- a value proposition for the target market(/s).
- a positioning statement for the target market(/s).
Issue 5: Developing marketing tactics
Recommend and justify a detailed marketing mix (4-7Ps) to support the marketing strategy described in Issue 4.
** In all cases, please remember to justify your argument(s) in this assignment by explaining and providing reasoned arguments for why you have formed your views. Please ensure that you support your arguments by explicitly applying and drawing insights and conclusions from relevant marketing models, concepts and theory covered in the course to date. Do not simply rely on offering personal conjecture or opinions.
Marking rubric
Assessment Guide Written Assignment (30% of total marks for subject)
Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Good Very good
Issue 1: Introduction (3 marks)
0.5 to 1 points 1.5 to 2 points 2.25 to 2.5 points 2.75 to 3 points
Issue 2: 5Cs of the company (6 marks) 1.5 to 2.5 points 3 to 4 points 4.25 to 4.75 points 5 to 6 points
Issue 3 : Collecting information for 5Cs (6 marks) 1.5 to 2.5 points 3 to 4 points 4.25 to 4.75 points 5 to 6 points
Issue 4: Developing marketing strategy (7.5 marks) 1.5 to 3 points 4 to 5 points 5.5 to 6 points 6.5 to 7.5 points
Issue 5 : Developing marketing tactics (7.5 marks) 1.5 to 3 points 4 to 5 points 5.5 to 6 points 6.5 to 7.5 points
Assessment 3
Final Examination
Weighting: 50%
Length : 2 Hours and 10 Minutes
Prescribed Textbook:
Kotler P & Keller (2016) Marketing Management 15th Global Edition published by Pearson Education Australia Pty Ltd.
Recommended Readings:
Lecture notes/slides, recommended reading, tutorial activities and all other relevant information will be made available on Blackboard.
It is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard on a regular basis. It is advised that students view lecture materials and readings before coming to class.

* Note: Students must consult the Academic Calendar and Blackboard for the dates of the Examination Week.
Week Topics Scheduled Tutorial Assessment due Chapters
Part 1: Understanding marketing management
1 Marketing for the New Realities 1
2 Marketing Strategies and Plans Tutorial 1 2
Part 2: Capturing marketing insights
3 Marketing Research Tutorial 2 4
Part 3: Connecting with customers
4 Consumer behaviour Tutorial 3 6
Part 4: Building Strong Brands
5 Identifying Market Segments and Targets Tutorial 4 9
6 Brand Positioning and Brand Equity Tutorial 5 In class test 10, 11
Part 5: Creating Value
7 Product strategy Tutorial 6 13, 15
8 Pricing strategies and programs Tutorial 7 16
Part 6: Delivering Value
9 Integrated marketing channels and distribution system Tutorial 8 17, 18
Part 7: Communicating value
10 Integrated Marketing Communications – Part 1
Designing and managing integrated marketing communication Tutorial 9 19
11 Integrated Marketing Communications – Part 2
Managing Mass Communications Tutorial 10 Group assignment 20, 21, 22
12 Managing Mass Communications (continuous)
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High Distinction HD 80% and above
Distinction D 70 – 79%
Credit CR 60 – 69%
Pass P 50 – 59%
Fail NN 0-45% (did not meet the standard required according to the learning outcomes in the Subject Guide )
Faculty Pass* FP Awarded by Board of Examiners in exceptional circumstances
Supplementary Exam Granted (a temporary grade) NS Supplementary examination granted
Deferred Exam (a temporary grade) ND Officially Deferred examination
Fail NA Student did not submit any work according to the schedule in the Subject Guide
No results NR Student did not submit any assessments
Result Withheld RW Additional assessment and/or work required
Result Withheld WH Outstanding fees or non-return of Holmes Institute materials
* This grade is sometimes referred to as a conceded pass at other institutions
Explanation of Letter Grade
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D Substantial work of high quality, which demonstrates a clear understanding of the subject matter, in which the relationship between the constituent elements are identified clearly and discussed with some level of critical analysis. The work also applies abstract ideas in concrete situations.
CR Sound and competent work, which demonstrates a reasonable but not complete grasp of the subject matter. The work utilizes recall and paraphrases the work of others concerning the subject matter. Some basic level of critical analysis is evident. Originality in the work is rarely evident.
P Work that demonstrates a satisfactory engagement with the subject matter such that the student is said to have a general understanding of the field. Provides an adequate basis for further study.
NN Did not meet the learning objective of the subject
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I got a final result of 52/NS. Have I passed the subject?
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I missed to sit for a NS/supplementary or ND/deferred examination, do I have to repeat the subject? YES, if you do not attempt any supplementary or deferred examination during the designated examination period, you will receive a Fail/NN grade and you have to repeat the subject.
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I am not a member of a group for my group assignment. What do I do, can I submit individually?
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I have problems with members in my group. What can I do, who do I contact?
Each group is required to manage its members and contributions. In exceptional circumstances, however, and where initial negotiation attempts of the group members were unsuccessful, you should contact your lecturer.
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Although we may be able to help on the spot, please note that we can help best if you make an appointment. Please use your Holmes webmail to communicate with staff at the institute at all times.
Information for Current Students Holmes Institute Student Handbook
Academic Probation / Mentoring Academic Mentors, Dean
Accommodation Holmes Institute Home Stay
Computers, Blackboard, Email IT and Blackboard Help Desk emails:;
Disability Needs Holmes Institute Campus Directors
Employment and Careers Career Development Team
Enrolment Registrar, Higher Education Coordinator on Campus
Exams Registrar, Higher Education Coordinator on Campus
Financial Issues Holmes Institute Campus Directors
Personal Issues Dean, Student Engagement and Support Team, Campus Director
Proquest Database Librarian on Campus
Study Skills Student Engagement and Support Team
Visa Issues, COEs etc. Registrar, Higher Education Coordinator on Campus
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Analyse Show the nature of something identifying the essential elements and g how they are related.
Argue Present the case for and/or against a particular proposition.
Compare Identify the characteristics/qualities that resemble each other. Look for similarities but also differences.
Contrast Emphasize differences between things, events, problems, or qualities.
Criticise Express your judgement about the truth of factors or views mentioned. Come to conclusions and discuss the positive points as well as possible limitations.
Define Give clear and concise meanings of an item. Do not provide a detailed explanation but include limits of the definition and how the item defined differs from other items.
Describe Recount, characterise, outline, and relate in sequence.
Discuss Examine, analyse and give reasons for and against. Be comprehensive in your answer and give details, usually to assess how satisfactory something is.
Evaluate Carefully appraise in relation to some standard including advantages, limitations, the costs and benefits as appropriate; attempt to make a judgement.
Examine Investigate critically, appraise a subject or matter in detail.
Explain Clarify, interpret, and elaborate on the material presented. Give reasons for differences of opinion or results, and try to analyse reasons behind it.
Illustrate Use a concrete example, diagram, or figure to explain or clarify a problem or issue.
Indicate Identify and then focus attention so as to clarify.
Justify Prove or give reasons for particular conclusions or decisions.
Outline Present the main features or aspects showing main points and subordinate points. Do not include minor details and emphasize the classification of things.
Review Examine a subject critically, analysing and commenting on important or controversial statements.
State Present the main points in a brief and clear sequence. Do not give specific details or examples.
Summarise Give the main points or facts in a condensed, concise form.
(Source: Adapted from Monash University,, accessed 14 February 2013)