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Marketing Research BMA331


Marketing research is one of the most important aspects of marketing. It is the process by which firms acquire market information that facilitates their decision-making. Given the rapid evolution of the business world, it is critical that firms know who their customers are, what they do, why they do it, when their purchases take place and where. Marketing research enables firms to determine if they have met consumer needs and demands, or if any changes are necessary in the delivery and features of new and existing products. Through this marketing research process, firms can better communicate with, and collect information from, existing and potential customers. As it is the customers who ultimately decide whether a product will be acceptable or not, this allows firms to rapidly adapt to otherwise unpredictable customer needs. This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles that underpin the process of designing and implementing effective marketing research. This process consists of: problem identification; research approach development; research design formulation; data gathering, preparation and analysis, and presentation of marketing research. By analysing real world business cases, and undertaking thorough research tasks, students will gain a keener insight into the workings of marketing research. The knowledge gained through undertaking this unit will help students to become skilled marketers who can evaluate, design, and conduct market research.


Unit name Marketing Research
Unit code BMA331
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Marketing
Coordinator Doctor Kevin Swarts|Doctor Marcus Bai|Doctor Rajesh Rajaguru
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): Universal College of Higher Education Hong Kong
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hong Kong Universal Ed Semester 1 On-Campus International


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Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Accelerated Study Period 2 23/5/2022 15/6/2022 7/7/2022 21/8/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • explain the fundamental marketing research concepts that facilitate problem definition and critically analyse approaches to solve the problem.
  • analyse and evaluate basic marketing research theory.
  • explain and analyse the process by which information is gathered, analysed, and interpreted to address problems.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010103 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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BMA151 or BMA251 or ZAA104 or ZAA134


AssessmentExamination - take home (40%)|Plan (30%)|Data analysis (30%)
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You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

Malhotra, N. K. 2015, Essentials of marketing research: a hands-on orientation, Global Edition, Pearson Education, Harlow, UK.

Note: a digital version of the textbook would be more cost effective and can be acquired from the publisher’s website or online.


• Hair, J.F. Jr & Lukas, B.A. 2015, Marketing Research, 4 thedn, McGraw-Hill Education.
• Aaker, D.A, Kumar, V, Day, G.S. & Leone, R. 2009, Marketing research, 10th Ed, John Wiley & Sons, U.K.
• Churchill, G.A. & Lacobucci, D. 2009, Marketing research: methodological foundations, Cengage Learning.
• Malhotra, N.K. 2008, Marketing research: an applied orientation, Prentice Hall, India

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