Marketing Analysis and Research
This module aims to provide knowledge on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in market research, which provides a foundation to understand markets and consumers. A variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analysis methods for descriptive, causal, and exploratory research designs will be discussed and compared, alongside the utilisation of these techniques in market research. The research design process (problem identification, proposal writing) will also be taught.
This is a research methodology course which covers quantitative and qualitative research which is relevant across countries. Students are taught methodologies like interviews, ethnographic research, experiments, and quantitative research and how these methods are used in countries with different cultures.
The module takes an ethical perspective, in which sustainability is the core issue, by examining not just how organisations practice sustainability, but whether it is ethical for them to have inaccurate visual representations.
All of the resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
Students develop skills that will help them perform data collection for organisations and equips them to work for market research organisations using the methodologies taught in this module.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Marketing Analysis and Research|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge of research methodologies use in market research, which provides a foundation for understanding consumers and marketplace behaviours. In addition to methodological approaches; an emphasis will be placed upon the research design process (problem identification, research question development, proposal writing), as well as the ethical aspects of market research.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. critically evaluate academic and commercial research findings
- 2. understand the principle psychological, sociological and anthropological influences on market
- 3. evaluate and design a basic marketing or consumer research study
- 4. be aware of current ethical responsibilities and conflicts of collecting and using market information
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. understand and apply competing ontological, epistemological and methodological positions to the
- 6. select and synthesise relevant material from a wide and deep body of empirical research
- 7. critically appreciate the use and constraints of ethical codes of conduct
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 8. critically assess competing theories and research paradigms
- 9. develop written and oral communication skills
- 10. develop methodological skill sets that will enable them to undertake independent research
- 11. an ability to work within diverse groups
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Schedule Learning and Teaching||24||Lectures|
|Schedule Learning and Teaching||3||Seminars|
|Schedule Learning and Teaching||6||Lab sessions|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Assignment: In-Class Groups of 3-5||A ten-minute topic introduction followed by in class discussion||1-11||In-class Verbal Group Feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual assignment||80||3000 words||1-10||Individual feedback|
|Individual Essay/Reflection||20||800 words||1-10||Individual feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individual assignment||Individual assignment (80%) - 3000 words||1-10||August|
|Individual essay/reflection||Individual essay/reflection (20%) - 800 words||1-10||August|
The following subjects will be taught throughout the course of the term:
• Introduction to research methods in marketing
• Identification of research problems and defining research questions
• The writing process
• Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
• Sample Selection
• Observational research methods
• Ethnography and Netnography
• Survey Data Collection Methods
• Measurement and Questionaire Design
• Field Data Collection
• Interpretation, validity, reliability, and generalisability
• Ethics in research design and procedure
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- • Hague, P. (2006). A practical guide to market research. Surrey: Grosvenor House.
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