Product Management

Subject BUSA90299 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 27-Jun-2016
Teaching Period 04-Jul-2016 to 07-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-May-2016
Census Date 08-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 29-Jul-2016

This subject is only available to students admitted to MC-BA, MC-BAPT, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

Students should:

  • understand the issues involved in developing product strategies, including related services marketing issues
  • develop the analytical skills necessary when using market research and developing sound product related decisions
  • gain a conceptual framework for organising thinking about product related problems
  • understand the marketing or product manager's role in developing product strategies
Learning Outcomes:

On completing the subject, students should understand:

  • alternative strategies for conceptualising products and identifying product-markets
  • how product decisions may contribute to creating competitive advantage
  • how to analyse industries, make changes in product strategies over time, and respond to competitive moves
  • the issues involved in the development and management of new products, including proactive versus reactive approaches to product development, market entry considerations, product positioning, value-based pricing methods, and the design and market testing of new products
  • how to manage product lines, with particular attention paid to evaluating potential synergies among products
  • the relationship of product decisions to other marketing decisions involving price, promotion and distribution channels
  • special topics in product management, including legal constraints and organisational issues

  • Class participation and assessment 15%
  • One page individual case write-ups (equivalent to 500 words) 15%
  • Syndicate oral analysis (equivalent to 600 words) 10%
  • Midterm test (1 hour) 15%
  • Final examination (2 hours, hurdle requirement) 45%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to students admitted to MC-BA, MC-BAPT, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Marketing
Master of Business Administration/Master of Marketing
Master of Marketing
Master of Marketing
Master of Marketing

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