Consumer Behaviour

Subject MKTG90008 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Semester 1: Dr Marcus Phipps
Semester 2: Dr Robin Canniford

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the factors affecting the purchase, usage and disposal of products and services. Topics include the introduction and application of customer behaviour concepts to marketing decision making; consumer behaviour models of information processing; the identification of psychological variables which influence customer decision making; social factors affecting consumer behaviour; and an introduction to a variety of consumer-related market research techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts and models applied in consumer behaviour;
  • Describe and apply consumer behaviour concepts to marketing decision-making;
  • Evaluate the importance of understanding consumer behaviour;
  • Identify and apply the psychological and external variables that influence customer decisions;
  • Explain and analyse various consumer-related market research techniques;
  • Synthesise various theories and models of consumer behaviour and apply these notions to case studies;
  • Critically evaluate the use of consumer behaviour techniques.
  • 2-hour end-of-semester exam (50%);
  • 4000 word group assignment(s) due in week 10 onwards (40%); and
  • Class participation throughout the semester (10%).

Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Collaborative learning and teamwork, which should be developed through group work during tutorials and completing a collaborative, semester long assignment;
  • Problem solving and critical thinking, which should be fostered through the tutorial program that requires students to critically evaluate and apply theoretical material to real world case studies;
  • Oral and written communication, which should be developed through participation in the interactive tutorial program and completion of the assessment requirements;
  • Critical and strategic thinking;
  • Explanation of an argument or analysis logically;
  • Synthesis of different theories;
  • Application of management theories to real world scenarios.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Communication and Customer Strategy
Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
Master of Management (Marketing)
Master of Management (Marketing)

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