FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
HK2011 Buyer Behaviour
TRIMESTER 1 / 2016
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HK2011 Buyer Behaviour T1 2016
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SUBJECT OVERVIEW & RATIONALE
Welcome from the Subject Coordinator: Jas Paul Chawla
Welcome to HK2011 Buyer Behaviour: In the pursuit of knowledge of how and why people behave in the marketplace, marketers have applied the theories and findings from many of the social sciences — psychology, sociology, economics and anthropology. The study of consumer behaviour is based on the need to integrate the social science disciplines into a practical approach to understanding how people’s needs are determined and influenced both by internal and external factors, such as perception, learning, family and culture. Consumer behaviour also looks at how needs are translated into purchase behaviours and how marketers can facilitate this process to serve consumers more effectively.
The subject will be studied from both a marketing management and applied social sciences perspective with the aim of assisting you in using your knowledge of consumer behaviour to make better marketing decisions.
SUBJECT OBJECTIVES & LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this subject you will be able to:
Graduates will be able to, evaluate theoretical and practical knowledge of Buyer Behaviour.
Graduates will be able to, analyze how buyer behaviour is influenced by internal and external factors and they will be able to appreciate the importance of buyer behaviour form marketing perspective. Core concepts like intrinsic and extrinsic values, culture, family and reference groups are discussed in the subject to make them understand the buying process they go through. Graduates can appreciate how buyer behaviour can help marketeers to formulate their marketing strategies.
Application of Knowledge and skills
Graduates will be able to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of Buyer Behaviour in the diagnosis of organizational issues and the formulation of appropriate marketing strategies.
Students will demonstrate research skills, showing initiative in consulting the academic literature and integrating fresh ideas into the discourse in preparation for life-long learning.
Students will demonstrate the capacity to write persuasive reports containing sound recommendations, in preparation for their career in business.
Awards Duration Core/Elective Subject weight
BBus, BPA 1 semester Core 3 credit points
Mode of delivery On campus
Workload Students are expected to attend all classes
Delivery 2 hrs of lectures and 1 hr tutorial or equivalent
Independent study 5 hours
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Sydney Campus 3 to 5 2 to 4 2 to 4
Melbourne Campus TBA
Brisbane Campus TBA
DUE DATE WEIGHT LEARNING OUTCOMES
ASSESSMENT 1 (Group):
Consumer Behaviour Audit (Groups of 4 to 5) Week 8 30% 1,2
ASSESSMENT 2 (Individual):
Students will report findings on a major purchase they have made. Week 11 20% 1,2
End of study period examination Exam week 50% 1, 2, 3
To be eligible to pass this subject, students must complete all forms of assessment and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. All assignments must be submitted electronically using a word processor, uploaded to Blackboard via SafeAssign. You must print and attach the full SafeAssign report with the Holmes Institute Cover Sheet to the printed assignment (hard copy). The assignment cover sheet must include the student/s name, number, subject code and subject name, subject lecturer’s name, assignment due date and time of submission.
All hard copies must be submitted to the designated Assignment Submission Facility on Campus during opening hours.
Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and late submission incurs penalties of 5 (five) % of the assessment value per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the Subject Coordinator prior to the assessment deadline. Unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the Subject Coordinator prior to the assessment deadline, no assessments are accepted after 14 calendar days of the due date or the end of the trimester for assessments due later in a trimester. Students are requested to familiarize themselves with the Holmes Institute Assessment Policy located on the Blackboard Student Subject: HE-General Study Information (HGEN_HE) General Information Policies and Procedures Holmes Institute Student Assessment Policy v1.pdf.
STANDARD GRADING SYSTEM AND DISTRIBUTION
GRADE LETTER RANGE
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 46 – 49% (awarded by Board of Examiners)
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
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
HD Outstanding work which exhibits sophisticated understanding and critical synthesis, analysis and evaluation of the subject matter. While the work utilizes opinions of others, judgements about the value of the subject matter are made and drawn together in an organized whole. Gaps in the subject matter might also be identified and the implications discussed.
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
VIEWING STUDENT GRADES
Results including the final grade can be viewed via the Grade Centre on Blackboard. Results for all assessments are published within two weeks of the due date of the assessment and the final examination. Students who wish to appeal their mark for a specific assessment are advised to follow the procedures outlined at www.holmes.edu.au /undergraduate/appeals.
PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
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Plagiarism occurs when one uses another person’s ideas or manner of expressing them and passes them off as one’s own work by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement (that is, referencing the source). Any instances of plagiarism will be dealt with promptly).
It is important that student reference their work appropriately. The Faculty of Higher Education at Holmes Institute uses the Harvard style of referencing. A detailed guide to referencing can be found in the Student Handbook and Resource Centres. It is expected that you will be familiar with the Harvard style of referencing.
USE OF BLACKBOARD
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USE OF RESOURCE CENTRE AND PROQUEST
For most subjects, students are expected to engage in additional research. Textbooks and teaching materials available in the Resource Centre will be of use here. In addition, current students have access to a range of electronic academic journals via Proquest, which is accessible once you log into Blackboard.
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STUDY SKILLS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Students who have difficulties with their studies and/or specific forms of assessment should contact their lecturer/tutor or Higher Education Coordinator on campus. Holmes Institute also offers regular Academic Support, which is free for any student enrolled. Students with insufficient academic progress are required to attend regular Academic Support sessions. Academic Support sessions are timetabled each trimester. For more details see http://www.holmes.edu.au/undergraduate/Information.
DETAILED INFORMATION ON SUBJECT ASSESSMENTS
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DETAILED INFORMATION ON SUBJECT ASSESSMENTS
Item Due date Weighting Length
Assessment 1: Group Assignment (4 to 5)
Please refer to the Consumer Behaviour Audit (Table 1.1) on pages 14 to 16 of your text book. The group needs to do a consumer behaviour audit for a specific product or service, covering the following aspects:
• Internal Influences on Consumers
• External Influences on Consumers
• Market segmentation
• Product Positioning
• Internal and External Influences on consumers
• Selection of the target Market
• Determination of product positioning
• Structuring the elements of Marketing Mix
• Report format, referencing and presentation Week 8 30% 2500 words
Assessment 2: Individual Assessment
The Consumer Journal Report requires you to analyse the internal and external factors influencing the consumer decisionmaking process for a major purchase – e.g. a car or a holiday. Your analysis MUST be based on reality, that is, you are required Week 11 20% 1500 words
to research this topic with someone who has recently made such a decision. The assignment should be in report format. Your analysis will integrate a number of elements covered in Lectures 7-10. It is important to be analytical and NOT descriptive, demonstrating an understanding of which theories were at play in this purchase situation.
• Description of Internal Influences (Perception, Learning, Motivation, Personality & Attitude)
• Description of External Influences (Group Influence, Culture)
• Analysis and demonstration of understanding
• Report format, presentation and referencing
• Overall impression of excellence
Final Examination Exam Week 50% 2 hrs 10 minutes
Prescribed Textbook (compulsory)
Quester, P. (2011) Consumer Behaviour: Implications for Marketing Strategy, 6/e Enhanced McGraw-
Risk preferences and the marketing of financial services: Segmentation by birth order, Rink, David R ; Roden, Dianne M ; Cox, Steven R . Journal of Financial Services Marketing 18.1 (Mar 2013): 17-26
The Effect of Customers’ Social Media Participation on Customer Visit Frequency and Profitability: An Empirical
Investigation, (2013), Rishika Rishika (Texas A&M University), Ashish Kumar (Aalto University), Ramkumar
Janakiraman (Texas A&M University), and Ram Bezawada (State University of New York, Buffalo), Information
Systems Research; vol. 24, no. 1 Market Segmentation http://www.ausport.gov.au/information/nsr/market_segmentation 21 mar 2014
Wk Topics scheduled Assessment Tutorial Activities Chapters
1 Introduction: Buyer Behaviour & Marketing strategy No tutorial Ch 1
2 Situational Influences See BB Ch 2
3 The Decision Making Process: Problem Recognition & Information Search See BB Ch 3
4 The Decision Making Process: Information Search See BB Ch 4
5 The Decision Making Process: Evaluation & Selection, Outlet Selection and Purchase See BB Ch 5,6
6 The Decision Making Process: Post purchase processes See BB Ch 7
7 Internal Influences: Perception & Learning See BB Ch 8,9
8 Internal Influences: Motivation, Attitude & attitude change Group Assignment Due See BB Ch 10,11
9 External Influences: Group influence & Social Class See BB Ch 14,15
10 External Influences: Culture & Cross cultural variations See BB Ch 16
11 Class Presentations: Shopping Experience Individual
Assignment Due See BB
12 Class Feedback and revision See BB
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