Module Title:Introduction to Marketing
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 7 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Learners will be introduced to Marketing theory through exposure to and the study of, academic materials and industry practice materials. Class delivery will be tutorial in nature where learners will be expected to actively engage with module materials, practical tasks, class discussion and debates.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an understanding of the core marketing concepts, theories and principles in a digital era. It will include topics such as environmental analysis, industry, competitor analysis and a basic overview of marketing mix components such as pricing, distribution, product and promotion (both traditional and digital marketing communication). The learner should be able to identify and assess market needs and marketing opportunities.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the theories underpinning marketing and how these are applied in practice.
LO2 Apply the basic principles of marketing information and research to a marketing problem.
LO3 Complete an assessment of a brand’s current marketing strategy and its marketing environment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
1. Core Marketing Concepts
Introduction to core principles of marketing & its historical evolution • Engaging consumers and communicating customer value through Integrated Marketing Communications • The Marketing Mix • The role of contemporary marketing and its changing face in a digital era• Social Responsibility & Ethics in Marketing
2. The Marketing Environment
Defining the environmental forces that affect a company’s ability to serve its customers • Macro environmental analysis frameworks • Competitor Identification & Analysis • Strategies for competitive position • Value Chain Analysis
3. Customer Buying Behaviour
Consumer decision making process • Factors affecting Consumer Behaviour and impact of Digital Environment
4. Marketing Information Systems & Consumer Insights
Defining the Marketing Information System and its component parts • Leveraging consumer insights to drive decision making • Introduction to Marketing Research Processes & Consumer Insights: Secondary & Introduction to Primary Research Methods
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Based on an assigned brand, conduct a Marketing Audit 1,2,3 50.00 Week 6
Project Based on an assigned brand, conduct a Market Assessment 1,2,3 50.00 Week 12
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 7.50
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBBBM_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Management 3 Mandatory
CW_BBOPT_B (BAKB) Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing 3 Mandatory
CW_BBHRM_D Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management 3 Mandatory
CW_BBINB_D Bachelor of Business in International Business incorporating Double Degree 3 Mandatory
CW_BBOPT_D (BAKD) Bachelor of Business in Marketing 3 Mandatory
CW_BBSCM_D Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain Management 3 Mandatory
CW_BBBUS_C Higher Certificate in Business 3 Mandatory