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MN20034: Brand management

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN20016 OR take MN20081
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the module the student should be able to:
* Develop knowledge of branding theory and how it applies to contemporary society
* Recognise the unique challenges of brand management
* Begin to apply brand strategies in different contexts and evaluate brand performance
* Appreciate the role of technology and social media in relation to brand and communication.

Aims: This course examines the theories, principles and practices of branding in contemporary society. This is carried out by critically evaluating a number of real-world brands and case studies within the social and cultural context. This course explores the meaning and consumption of brands, as well as resistance to brands. It considers different types of decisions involved in managing brands and discusses challenges and opportunities in a globalised, technology intensive society. Aspects of brand management strategies for manufacturers, retailers and services providers are also covered.

Skills: The ability to engage in an advanced critical discourse surrounding contemporary practices of marketing communications (T, F). This skill will be developed and moderated (T, F, A).

Content: The course will contain a range of lectures, in-class assignments, case-studies and exercises for the following indicative content:
* Different perspectives on brands in society
* Brand equity
* Consumers and Brands
* Brand positioning and repositioning
* Brand extension
* Brand architecture
* Corporate branding
* Cross cultural and cross national branding.

Programme availability:

MN20034 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-ANB07 : BSc(Hons) Business with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 3)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)


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