MARKETNG 3510 - Contemporary Issues in Marketing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Course Description This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of some of the main theoretical and research perspectives that have contributed to the academic knowledge in marketing. Consideration will be given to some of the important debates to which theorising about these different perspectives has given rise with the implications of these for both research and practice explored. Furthermore, the course intends to familiarise students with reading academic publications in marketing, developing their ability to critically analyse and evaluate such publications. Throughout the course, students are exposed to a wide range or methodologies used in business research as well as develop the ability to assess the validity of findings described in the scholarly literature.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MARKETNG 3510
    Course Contemporary Issues in Marketing
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Seminar discussion, Group Project and final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dean Wilkie

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dean Wilkie

    Location: Room 10.11, Nexus 10
    Telephone: 8313 7112
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    This course is taught in weekly 3 hour Seminars.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to;

    • Critically analyse and evaluate marketing publications (LO1);
    • Assess the validity of findings and implications described in scholarly literature (LO2);
    • Identify conceptual issues and questions within academic research and apply meaningful theories to explain conceptual gaps (LO3);
    • Effectively communicate personal analysis and evaluation of seminal contemporary marketing issues (LO4);
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    LO2, LO3, LO4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    LO2, LO3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    LO2, LO3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    LO1, LO2, LO3
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered in seminar form, typically 3 hours long. Students are expected to read specified journal articles and contribute to the discussion in each seminar (see Assessment 1). The presenting lecturer will provide a list of recommended readings. Students are expected to come along to each session prepared to summarise, and comment on their understanding of, what they have read for the session. Given this requirement, the course is limited to 20 students who have demonstrated a strong understanding of, and passion for marketing demonstrated through previous marketing course results.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours of private study outside of your regular classes. Students in this course are expected to attend all seminars throughout the semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Contemporary Issues in Marketing is essentially a readings-based course. As such, the unit requires significant interaction between students and presenters. Using concepts and methods from Problem-Based Learning, students will take turns to prepare, and present for discussion, a list of key points or critical issues raised by the readings for that session. By doing this, students are essentially co-creating the unit delivery.

    Lecture Schedule

    Week Lecture  Presenter Papers
    Week 1 What is Theory? Why is it Important? Developing a Conceptual Framework Using Brand Authenticity Dr Dean Wilkie TBC
    Week 2 Conducting a literature review and a research presentation on "Smartphone Apps and Millennials’ Engagement with Retirement Saving"  Janin Hentzen TBC
    Week 3 Engaging for Social Good Prof. Jodie Conduit TBC
    Week 4 The Evolving Landscape of Marketing Technology, Consumer Behaviour, and Advertising

    Dr. Rebecca Dolan TBC
    Week 5 Market shaping Prof. Carolin Plewa & Gediminas Lipnickas  TBC
    Week 6 Wine Marketing Ass Prof. Armando Corsi TBC
    Week 7 Diversity and Marketing David Matthews & Amelie Burgess TBC
    Week 8 Consumer Financial Decision Making

    Prof. Arvid Hoffmann  TBC
    Mid semester break
    Week 9 Topic TBC TBC TBC
    Week 10 Project presentations
    Week 11 Project presentations TBC
    Week 12 What’s Next.... Discussing the Opportunities for Further Advanced Studies

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment components are as follows:

    Assessment Due Date and time Weighting Related Learning Outcomes
    Seminar Discussion All seminars 30% LO 1, LO 2, LO 3, LO 4
    Individual Project Due the 23rd of October (with presentations spread over two weeks) 30% LO 1, LO 2, LO 3, LO 4
    Exam TBD 40% LO 1, LO 2, LO 3,LO 4

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students who fail to attend a seminar will be awarded a Zero (0) discussion mark for that seminar, apart from some cases of exceptional circumstances. Students who are absent from more than 3 seminars will have their final result withheld until a decision is made by the Program Coordinator.
    Assessment Detail
    (1) Seminar Discussion 30%

    A mark for participation will be awarded based on the student’s contribution to the class discussions, along with evidence of preparation for these discussions. The aim is for the students to be able to distinguish between useful and less-useful articles for the purpose of building knowledge and understanding of a particular topic. The final seminar discussion mark will be determined at the end of the course, through a process of consultation with all course presenters, who will record the level of contribution from each student.

    Students are advised to answer the following questions prior to class. This will enable them to make more insightful contributions to the discussion:
    • What are the main arguments put forward in the article?
    • On which assumptions are these arguments based?
    • What are the epistemological foundations (paradigm) of the article?
    • What is the article’s contribution to knowledge in its field of literature?
    • How do you assess the quality of the article’s theoretical framework?
    • How do you assess the quality of evidence provided for the article’s main arguments? (strengths & weaknesses of the empirical setup, data collection, and methodology)?
    • How do you assess the practical implications of the article? Would it help anyone make a business decision? What do managers have to do different tomorrow based on the article findings?
    • What are the overall strengths of the article? Why?
    • What can be done to improve its quality?
    • What don’t you like about the article?
    • Is this one of the best/worst articles you have read? What score out of 10 do you give?

    (2) Individual Project 30%

    Your task is to provide a written conceptual paper on a marketing topic of your choice. It is likely that the readings from the lecture topics will inform your choice of a conceptual paper topic. Moreover, it is likely that the range of theories addressed in the articles throughout the semester will help inform your own choice of a relevant supporting theory for your paper.

    Your goal is to make a conceptual contribution to the scholarly marketing literature to advance current knowledge in your chosen area. This is a research assignment and you will consult and critically review the relevant extant marketing literature whilst developing your conceptual paper.

    The purpose of this task is fourfold:
    • First, to identify a conceptual question that is both important and interesting to address, based on your command of seminal and contemporary literature relevant to your chosen marketing topic.
    • Second, to integrate a meaningful theory which helps explain the conceptual gaps or assumptions that you will challenge as a result of your literature review in seeking to address your conceptual question.
    • Third, to develop a conceptual model diagram with a series of related conceptual propositions which explains the resolution to your conceptual question.
    • Fourth, to identify and discuss the theoretical and practical implications of your conceptual model.

    You will be required to submit a short proposal for your conceptual paper topic at the end of Week 8. The format of this proposal will be provided on the course MyUni site.

    The conceptual paper will be 3000 words maximum. Further requirements for the conceptual paper, including formatting and layout, will be discussed in class.

    (3) Final Examination 40%
    The final exam will assess the overall knowledge gained by students in this course as related to the lecture topics. The requirements of the final exam are to be discussed in class.

    An example question; Hoffman (2017) stated “Social media is founded on the expensive, wasteful delusion that people want to have 'conversations' with brands, read and share 'content' about brands, co-create with brands, and several other flavours of childish nonsense”. Using your knowledge from the week 3 readings, including how and why consumers engage with brands online, explain the significance of this statement. Do you agree with the statement? Why or why not?
    Please submit assignments to the Course Coordinator (Dr. Dean Wilkie).

    Assignment Guidelines for Referencing
    Referencing is critical to any assignment or report. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. Please make use of the Journal of Marketing’s system of referencing, which can be selected from EndNote referencing system. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can also be found at:

    Return of Assignments and Feedback
    Assignments will be returned to students within 2 weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course-Coordinator.
    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. A late assignment will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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