Courses & Units

Consumer Decision-Making BMA604


For marketers, understanding how buyers and consumers behave is an integral part of correctly identifying their needs, and developing effective marketing strategies. Buyers often go through decision-making processes before making a purchase or making a decision to continue to buy and to consume a product or service. Thus, consumer decision-making, and the popular use of the term consumer behaviour, refers to the decision-making processes and behaviours of consumers. Understanding consumer behaviour enables marketing managers to critically analyse their potential or current target markets and design strategies tailored to meet their needs. The focus of this unit is on developing students knowledge of consumer decision-making processes and the factors that influence consumers decisions, purchases and consumption of products and services. The unit will help students identify, synthesise and critically evaluate how consumers perceive marketing stimuli and make decisions to purchase. The unit will develop students theoretical and applied knowledge of consumer behaviour theories and concepts in order to analyse, explain and predict consumers behaviour. The unit will help students to identify what stimuli marketers can use to influence consumers decision-making, purchase and consumption.


Unit name Consumer Decision-Making
Unit code BMA604
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Marketing
Coordinator Doctor Lin Yang
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain consumer decision-making behaviour theories and concepts.
  • Critically evaluate marketing actions and strategies in relation to consumer decision-making.
  • Analyse the role of sustainable and non-sustainable consumer behaviour in marketing.

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
090799 $1,892.00 $888.00 $1,037.00 $2,837.00

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Concurrent Prerequisites

BMA506 Foundations of Marketing


Teaching Pattern

Introduction Lecture: 1hr, once in a term 

Weekly recorded lecture: 1hr, 13 weeks 

Workshop: 3hrs, 4 times in a semester

AssessmentAssessment 1: Presentation and Quiz (20%)|Assessment 3: Final Exam (35%)|Assignment (45%)
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Sethna, Z. & Blythe, J., 2016, Consumer Behaviour, 3rd ed, Sage, London, UK.


Schiffman, L., O'Cass, A., Paladino, A. & Carlson, J., 2014, Consumer behaviour, 6th ed, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.


Solomon, MR 2013, Consumer behavior: buying, having and being, 10th ed, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

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