Course Title: Practice Based Marketing Research Project 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practice Based Marketing Research Project 2

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

MKTG1264

City Campus

Postgraduate

625H Economics, Finance & Marketing

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Professor Francis Farrelly

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5561

Course Coordinator Email:francis farrelly@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MKTG 1100 – Marketing Management and Implementation

MKTG 1101 – Consumer Behaviour

MKTG1103 - Marketing Communication Strategy

MKTG1104 - Marketing Research

MKtg1263 Practice Based Research Project 1 (prerequisite)

Students will also be required to have achieved a credit or above in Practice Based Marketing Research Project 1


Course Description

The Practice Based Marketing Project (PBMP) covers two courses (24 points) and is broken into two parts carried out over two semesters. Part 1 requires you to carry out a literature review on your topic area of interest and to write a proposal for your project. Part 2 requires you to select and provide a rational for a method, to carry out field research (applying that method), and to write a final research report including theoretical and practical conclusions and recommendations. Together Part 1 and Part 2 form the PBMP and are completed in consecutive semesters. Noted below is information on both the overall project so you can (re) gain a sense of the total task (i.e. Part 1 and Part 2), as well as the specific requirements for Part 2 of the project.

Under supervision you are expected to conduct and report on an original research project that addresses a significant issue in a marketing context. The research is likely to have significant practical implications, and to be of publishable quality. The course gives graduates the training necessary to conduct independent high-quality research in an academic setting within a marketing context, cultivates analytical and critical skills, and helps to build an awareness of emerging developments in marketing. It also helps to build an understanding of what constitutes quality research, and how to evaluate and carry out quality research


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to develop the capabilities listed in the program guide,
including:
understanding the role of marketing
application of theoretical knowledge to practical problems
critical analysis skills in the marketing context
independent research applying appropriate ethical standards


The PBMP has the following course objectives (objectives specific to Part 2 include 4-7):

1) To establish a clear line of inquiry (sometimes described as a topic or problem statement) for your marketing project.
2) To conduct an in-depth analysis of research articles and other secondary information leading to a problem statement, proposal and literature review,
3) To establish research hypotheses or research questions,
4) To establish a rationale and explanation of your research methodology,
5) To apply quantitative or qualitative techniques as part of field work,
6) To carry out data collection and analysis,
7) To successfully complete a scholarly and empirically based postgraduate research project


Overview of Learning Activities

The course introduces you to a process for carrying out quality research. It does this by exploring the practical application of research techniques and by applying a quantitative or qualitative methodology and data analysis.

There are no formal lectures in this course as you work with an allocated supervisor (see below) on a research project. You are encouraged to attend research seminars in the school, workshops organised by the Language and Learning centre, and classes in other courses if deemed necessary. The course relies to a large extent on self-directed learning.


Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be provided by the course coordinator and project supervisor.

The course Blackboard site will be used to highlight critical resources.


Overview of Assessment

There is no prescribed textbook for Part 2 of the PBMP. Recommended readings are noted below. These texts are concerned with method and obviously the relevance of these texts will depend on which method you choose. Also note that this is just a small sample of the many texts on research methods. You are not expected to read a large number of texts on method. Rather to read sufficiently on your chosen method so you can write up your methods section and carry out your research. Your supervisor can assist you in finding books on method to read.