Course Title: Conduct market research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: MKTG5830C

Course Title: Conduct market research

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5281 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email:sally.parrott@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nicos Evripidou

nicos.evripidou@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This unit applies to non specialist market research personnel who have data and information gathering and analysis as a major part of their role and who are required to conduct market research. These individuals may work in areas such as marketing, communications, strategic planning and organisational development.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMKG408B Conduct market research

Element:

1. Conduct desk research to gather background market information.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Conduct initial desk research using appropriate sources to gather background market information
1.2. Identify options for information collection and collation tools and methods
1.3. Determine and seek approval for reporting formats for market research documentation
1.4. Report initial research findings in approved formats in accordance with organisational procedures

Element:

2. Develop research methodology and objectives.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Develop hypotheses and research objectives for market research
2.2. Identify options for quantifying data
2.3. Identify market research methodology and determine, develop, test and amend required survey tools
2.4. Determine and test methods of data extraction, collation and analysis

Element:

3. Recruit respondents.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Interpret market research plans to identify potential respondents and their requirements
3.2. Identify respondents in line with research and organisational requirements
3.3. Recruit respondents in line with the agreed research methodology and organisational requirements

Element:

4. Gather data and information from respondents.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Prepare and arrange resources for data gathering
4.2. Gather data and information using survey tools
4.3. Record data and information gathered in approved formats, in accordance with organisational procedures
4.4. Store and safeguard survey information and data in accordance with organisational procedures

Element:


5. Analyse research information.
 

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Conduct checks on quality of data and information collected
5.2. Select appropriate techniques to summarise data and information
5.3. Design software files for entering data and information
5.4. Process data using a method appropriate to research design
5.5. Interpret and aggregate data and information including categorisation, to provide observations relevant to research objectives

Element:   6. Prepare research reports

6.1. Collate and assess findings for relevance and usefulness to research objectives
6.2. Prepare research reports
6.3. Communicate research findings to relevant personnel and stakeholders in accordance with organisational procedures
 


Learning Outcomes


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct market research using interview and survey methodologies (not specialist statistical design and analysis) and to report on findings.


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered and assessed in conjunction with RMIT course MKTG5814C - Analyse Consumer Behaviour For Specific Markets.

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.
The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to tutorial activities and interactive sessions.
The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.
 


Teaching Schedule

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment
1Feb 10

Course Induction
• Course delivery details
• Assessment details and Assessment Task & Feedback Guide
• Grading – remind them of codes (HD, D, C, P) and no marks
• Plagiarism – must have signed cover sheets on all assessments
• Appeals – take them through this process and where it is on website
• Extensions – take them through process (details on website.)
• Feedback – when they can contact you and expect a response.
• Submission requirements – how all work must be uploaded online
• Resubmission policy – one resubmission, marked to a pass allowed
• Course support documents – any text books or readings
• Online learning environment – go through Blackboard shell
• Where to get support - Student study support details
Pre-Training Review
• Conduct an LLN Skills analysis – one per student group
• Explain Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers (for new students)
Student checklist
Handout checklist and get each student to sign and hand back. Includes:
Student responsibilities (i.e.: must check emails and bb shells weekly)
Program map to confirm all students are correctly enrolled

Content: Course Overview – Class Activity
 

Assessment overview
2Feb 17Introduction to Market research
Market Research Process
 
3

Feb 24

Focus Groups 
4Mar 3Secondary Data 

5

Mar 10

Surveys – Questionnaire Design

 
6Mar 17Surveys – Questionnaire DesignTask 1 Due
7Mar 24Sampling 
8Mar 31Sampling 
9April 07Market research analysis 
10April 14Market research analysis 
  Term Break 18th - 25th April inclusive 
11April 28Class time to work on Major Assignment 
12May 5Class time to work on Major Assignment 
13May 12Class presentations - Majot Assignment DueTask 2 Due
14May 19Individual InterviewsTask 3 Due
15May 26Individual InterviewsTask 3 Due
16June 1Assessment feedback 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
 


Assessment Tasks

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with Analyse consumer Behaviour for specific Markets MKTG5814C


Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit.

Task 1: Major Assignment - Research Plan – Group  (Due Week 6)
As part of the Major assessment students will be required to submit a research plan including survey tool to be used (i.e Questionnaire)

Task 2 : Major Assignment – Final Report and Presentation – Group (Due Week 11)
The second assessment tasks will require students to work in designated groups on a major assignment. Students will present their findings in a professionally prescribed written document. Much of this work will be undertaken both outside of class time and in the “Practical Sessions”. Students are encouraged to use all the resources at their disposal to provide professionally reasoned solutions to the problems given. Reports are to be submitted on Blackboard. Each group will also be required to present their findings in class in a short (10 minute) presentation


Assessment 3
Interview – Individual - (Due in class Weeks 14 and 15)

The third assessment tasks will require students to present themselves in a face-to-face test/interview to articulate their overall understanding of the course taught during the semester to be deemed competent. Students are encouraged to use all the resources at their disposal to provide professionally reasoned solutions to the problems given

*More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.

Submission requirements:
Assessment tasks must be submitted online through blackboard.
You must:
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.
• Complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• For group assignments - all group members must complete and sign the cover sheet.
• Each page of your assessment you should include footer with your name(s), student number(s), the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.
 

Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
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.
 

Final Date for All Assessments.
Unless the Late Submission Procedures (see above) are applied, No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after the due date.
 


Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.
 

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.
 

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.
 

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.
 

Marking Guide (Grading)
 

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to the task

2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in the assessments system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all requirements in all the assessment tasks.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing pertinent issues and how these might be addressed.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT

Class attendance, individual contribution to group work, timely completion of all tasks on key milestone dates.


5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to management issues in the workplace.
 

 

Final Grades table:
 

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
 

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

Other Information

Late submissions
If circumstances outside your control are likely to prevent you from submitting an assessment item on time, you may apply to your teacher for an extension of up to seven calendar days.
You must apply for an extension at least one working day prior to the submission deadline.
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf


Special Consideration
Extensions of greater than seven days will only be granted to eligible students through the special consideration process. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

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:
More Information: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

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