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BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing

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BUS 2201 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING


Syllabus


Prerequisites: BUS 1101 Principles of Business Management


Course Description:


This course provides an introduction to the field of marketing with the intent to develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods involved in marketing a variety of goods and services. Topics include consumer needs, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, pricing, distributing and promoting goods and services. Emphasis is placed on the integration of marketing principles into an organized approach for decision-making.


Required Textbook and Materials:


UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The main required textbooks for this course are listed below, and can be readily accessed using the provided links. There may be additional required/recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons; these will be provided for you in the course's General Information and Forums area, and throughout the term via the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

PDF available here.

Additionally, students may find the CEO Express website of value for completing their written assignments and for accessing information: http://www.ceoexpress.com


Software Requirements/Installation


If you have your own computer, it is recommended that you download and install the OpenOffice Suite. It may be accessed via http://www.openoffice.org/. If you are accessing the Internet from a shared computer (for instance, a computer at a library or Internet cafe), please use Google Docs instead. You may sign up for a free Google account at http://docs.google.com. All written assignments may be completed using one of these two free resources.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and intelligently discuss the role of marketing in the global economy, society and the individualized organization.
  2. Explain consumer and business buying behaviors and the challenges of marketing in a consumer-oriented society.
  3. Understand the components of the marketing mix, the marketing concept, segmenting, targeting and positioning, integrated marketing communication strategies.
  4. Demonstrate how to manage marketing and communication efforts in order to promote the continued growth of the individualized organization.



Course Schedule and Topics


This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9


Unit 1 Week 1- Introduction to the Course
Unit 2 Week 2-
Strategy and Planning
Unit 3 Week 3-
Consumer and Business Buying Behaviour
Unit 4 Week 4-
Creating Developing and Managing Offerings
Unit 5 Week 5-
Segmenting, Targeting, Positioning, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications
Unit 6 Week 6-
Marketing Channels and the Supply Chain as a Means of Creating Value for Customers
Unit 7 Week 7-
Public Relations, Sales Promotion and Professional Selling
Unit 8 Week 8-
Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Empowerment and Price
Unit 9 Week 9-
Course Summary, Review and Final Examination



Learning  Guide


The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Course

  • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Participate in the Discussion Forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Complete and submit Unit 1 Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal


Unit 2: Strategy and Planning

  • Peer-Assess the Unit 1 Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal


Unit 3: Consumer and Business Buying Behaviour

  • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Graded Quiz


Unit 4: Creating Developing and Managing Offerings

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 4 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 5: Segmenting, Targeting, Positioning, Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications

    • Peer-Assess the Unit 4 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 5 assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz

    Unit 6: Marketing Channels and the Supply Chain as a Means of Creating Value for Customers

    • Peer-Assess the Unit 5 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Graded quiz


    Unit 7: Public Relations, Sales Promotion and Professional Selling

    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Complete and submit Unit 7 Assignment
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz


    Unit 8: Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, Empowerment and Price

    • Peer-Assess the Unit 7 Assignment
    • Read the Learning Guide and external Reading Assignments
    • Participate in the discussion forum (Post, Comment and Rate)
    • Make entries to the Learning Journal
    • Take the Self-Quiz
    • Read the Unit 9 Learning Guide carefully for instructions on the Final Exam
    • Take the Review Quiz

    Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam

    • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
    • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
    • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor


    Course Requirements


    Written Assignments & Assessment Forms
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer. Failure to submit Written Assignments and/or Assessment Forms may result in failure of the course.

    Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings
    Some units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum and by rating their posts. Instructions for proper posting and rating are provided inside the Discussion Forum for each week. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

    Learning Journal
    Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete, but you are still encouraged to also use it to document your activities, record questions/problems you may have encountered, reflect on the learning process, and draft answers for other course assignments. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

    Quizzes
    This course will contain three types of quizzes – the Self-Quiz, the Graded Quiz, and the Review Quiz. These quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz will not count towards your final grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Self-Quiz to ensure that you have adequately understood the course materials. Along with the Reading Assignments, the results of the Self-Quiz should be used as part of an iterative learning process, to thoroughly cover and test your understanding of course material. You should use the results of your Self-Quiz as a guide to go back and review relevant sections of the Reading Assignments. Likewise, the Review Quiz will not count towards your final grade, but should also be used to assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam. Lastly, the results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade. Specific instructions on the format and content of the Graded Quiz will be provided by your instructor.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the Final Exam will be provided during Week 8 (located inside the Unit 9 Learning Guide). Final Exams must be taken without the use of course learning materials (both those inside and outside the course). If particular materials are allowed for use during the exam, these will be noted in the exam’s instructions.

    The Final Exam for this course must be done under the supervision of a proctor. Since you already secured your proctor before registering for this course, this is a reminder that you should coordinate with him/her before you take the exam. Please note, you will not be permitted to change proctors during the course. As a reminder, students are required to successfully complete proctored exams spaced throughout their program of study at UoPeople, in order to verify the student’s identity in confirming a degree and diploma upon graduation.

    Course Forum
    The Course Forum is the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course Forum, it is highly recommended.


     


    Course Policies


    Grading Components and Weights
    Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated here:

    Discussion Assignments 10%
    Written Assignments 20%
    Learning Journals 10%
    Two Graded Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 30%
    TOTAL 100%

    Grading Scale
    This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated here:

    Letter Grade
    Grade Scale Grade Points
    A+ 98-100 4.00
    A 93-97 4.00
    A- 90-92 3.67
    B+ 88-89 3.33
    B 83-87 3.00
    B- 80-82 2.67
    C+ 78-79 2.33
    C 73-77 2.00
    C- 70-72 1.67
    D+ 68-69 1.33
    D 63-67 1.00
    D- 60-62 0.67
    F Under 60 0.00

    Grade Appeal
    If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

    Participation
    Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

    • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
    • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
    • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
    • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.

    Academic Honesty and Integrity
    When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

    Unless otherwise stated, any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Purdue University’s Online Writing LAB (OWL) is a free website that provides excellent information and resources for understanding and using the APA format and style. The OWL website can be accessed here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

    Code of Conduct
    University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.