Course Title: Develop a media plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: MKTG7928C

Course Title: Develop a media plan

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5366 - Diploma of Marketing and Communication

Course Contact: Felicity Burns

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255486

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Gail Scowcroft

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to confirm the requirements specified in a media plan, to conduct negotiations when buying media and to compare actual media performance against media plan objectives.

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom based and self -instructed learning activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBADV507 Develop a media plan


1 Define media requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify target audience characteristics from advertising brief and prepare a detailed consumer profile which uses the same terms as those used to describe media audiences

1.2 Analyse product market factors to determine reach and frequency requirements of advertising media selected

1.3 Analyse creative requirements of advertising message and determine media implications

1.4 Identify media merchandising requirements from the advertising brief

1.5 Confirm media budget and identify legal and voluntary constraints


2 Select media vehicles

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Weigh up relative merits of identified media vehicle alternatives, taking past media performance into account 

2.2 Evaluate and test new or alternative media vehicles with other advertisers and against proven vehicles

2.3 Select media vehicles that target the required audience, meet media requirements and fulfil merchandising requirements within budget

2.4 Select media vehicles that meet creative, reach and frequency requirements of the advertising message to be achieved within budget

2.5 Ensure selected media vehicles meet legal and ethical requirements


3 Determine media schedule

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure duration and timing of media schedule meet requirements of the advertising brief

3.2 Determine distribution of messages over duration of schedule to meet requirements of the advertising brief 

3.3 Create a media schedule to satisfy advertiser

3.4 Develop alternative media schedules for advertiser within budget

3.5 Determine testing schedule for the media plan and continually modify media plan in accordance with results obtained


4 Produce media plan

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create media plan which defines media requirements of the advertising brief and provides evidence supporting each requirement

4.2 Specify recommended media and vehicle/s, and rationale for their selection in the media plan

4.3 Ensure media plan contains a budget allocation per medium per advertising period

4.4 Identify anticipated impact of advertising and measures to assess its effectiveness in the media plan

Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate ability to:

plan, purchase and evaluate the performance of media used in communicating marketing objectives in at least one advertising campaign

Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered and assessed with BUSM8740C Manage Client Account. Learning activities are embedded into the weekly learning and are designed to improve understanding of the material. 

Students will participate in a combination of group and individual learning activities. These activities will be provided through classroom work time. Additional learning activities may also be provided to students to complete outside of timetabled time.

A range of in class activities, case studies and independent research are included as the learning activities for this course. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

The learning activities will also include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated workplace environment.


Teaching Schedule



Assessment tasks


Course introduction: Details of the course

Assessment information

The face of media today-media outlook



Media strategy /the Legal and Ethical framework

Media research tools

Looking at the legal environment

What is a Code of practice?



Understanding consumers

Using research to understand target

Introduction to Roy Morgan Research Profiler

How to write a media strategy

Brief for case study for Assessment Task 2 the media Strategy and Plan


What is a consumer insight?

Using Roy Morgan Research Asteroid:

Bringing the strategy together /Media selection

Print Update



Managing the client’s account

Defining a target audience-tools

News Media update

Assessment pit stop 1:  Finalise research of the client and the task. What is the challenge?


Setting Objectives

Codes of practice and ethics

RMR Using Consumer profiling: Quiz

Media planning  using Asteroid

Preparation for Assessment 1 Knowledge Quiz in Week 7


Assessment Task 1 Knowledge Quiz: Media and account management

Reaching consumers

Revisit Media selection Radio & TV

Is anybody watching?

Assessment Task 1

Knowledge Quiz 

Assessment pit stop 2:

Establish draft objectives for project brief:


Reaching consumers:  using social

Media selection digital channels

Who is using what? How to plan digital

Using RMR media planner function



Mid semester break August 31-Sept 6



Reaching consumers

OOH & Cinema update

Advanced Digital planning

Identifying stakeholders

Assessment pit stop: Who is your target for project using research/Asteroid data and consumer insights



Finalise consumer research and media selection for Assessment 2

Using research to determine best media selection



Finalise media schedule for Assessment 2

Media scheduling advanced

 Using RMR Media planner

Establishing R & F measurement benchmarks



Finalise all documents for Group Assessment

Assessment Task 2

Media strategy and Plan due


Student teacher meetings 

Presentation development

One on one assessment submission meetings 


Group Assessment presentations

Assessment 2 Presentations


Assessment 3 Prepare a brief for stakeholders

What does the production department need to know?


Assessment Task 3 Prepare a brief for stakeholders


Meetings, catch up’s, discussions, any resubmissions 

Written resubmissions only


Meetings and Q & A’s only


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


To be deemed competent in this course you need to provide evidence of the following:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • produce a media plan for an advertisement which:
  • defines media requirements of an advertising brief
  • specifies rationales for media vehicles chosen
  • ensures media schedule meets requirements of the brief
  • contains budgetary allocation for each advertising medium
  • develop measures to assess effectiveness of media vehicles selected.


Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • outline and explain data analysis and matching techniques
  • list organisational products and services offered
  • identify organisational budget and resource constraints
  • identify principles and characteristics of advertising media, types of media and advertising strategies
  • identify and explain key provisions of relevant legislation, codes of practice and national standards affecting business operations 
  • identify and explain ethical principles relating to advertising industry
  • define terms for describing media audiences.

Assessment Tasks

Three (3) assessment Tasks for this course.

Assessment Task 1 Knowledge Quiz

Summary & Purpose 

This task is designed to examine the student understanding of the key elements that lead to the development of a media strategy and ultimately a media recommendation and includes management of the account, measurement and performance indicator tools and relevant legislation and Code of ethics.

This is a knowledge task in the form of a written quiz. It will be done in week 7 in class time.  This is an individual closed book assessment task

Assessment Task 2 Media strategy & Plan

Summary & Purpose

The Media strategy is the cornerstone of any media campaign. It informs the direction of the campaign and how each media will be used to reach an agreed target audience and to deliver on the set objectives of the brief. 

You will work throughout the semester to develop a media strategy plan using research to determine consumer insights based on a case study provided to provide:

  • A written document including a costed media schedule
  • A presentation of the above

Assessment Task 3 Brief for Stakeholders

Summary & Purpose

Once a costed media campaign has been approved by a client, all of the stakeholders involved in the campaign must be notified comprehensively. The account and media teams are responsible for ensuring that this is completed so that the campaign can launch and be aired on time and with appropriate creative communication

For this assessment task you will prepare a brief to a stakeholder/s that is involved in your project for Assessment task 2.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS.


Submission Requirements


You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.  Non submission without supporting evidence such as ELP or special consideration will mean a result of Did Not Submit (DNS)
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. 

Other Information

Late Submission Procedures 

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. 

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:

 Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

 More Information:

 Failure to submit by the due date without one of the above will result in a DNS


 If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.  If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

 Adjustments to Assessment 

 In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:

 Marking Guide (Competency): 

Feedback on your assignment and your results will be released via the rubric on Canvas. Assessment tasks will receive the following outcomes: Satisfactory, Not Satisfactory, DNS (Did not Submit)

There are three (3)assessments for this course, students must be deemed Satisfactory in all (3) assessments to be competent in this course. You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

Overall Course grades will be given as:

CA (Competency Achieved)

NYC (Not Yet Competent)

DNS (Did not submit)

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing. 


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