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MN30036: Advertising theory and practice

[Page last updated: 23 August 2023]

Academic Year: 2023/24
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN20607 OR take MN20081 OR take MN20016
Learning Outcomes:
* Students will become familiar with a range of different models of brand communication, so as to be able to apply these models to a wide range of existing brand communication campaigns.
* Students will be empowered to apply these models in practical business situations, where development and evaluation of communication campaigns is required.

* To provide participants with a comprehensive overview of modern brand communications theory and practice.
* To teach a wide range of advertising and communication models and relate these to models of consumer behaviour.
* To outline best practice in brand communication evaluation.

* Analysis, Strategy and Conceptualisation (T, F, A)
* Class participation skills (T, F).

Content: This unit focuses on the theories and practices involved in effectively linking consumers with brands through advertising in both domestic and multinational contexts, from both 'client' and 'agency' perspectives. Areas covered include: Strategic communications planning and execution; Digital and Mobile Communications; Promotional, corporate, tactical and long-term advertising.
The 'Big Idea'; Advertising research methods; Advertising evaluation; Advertising across cultural borders; Communications channel planning and evaluation.
The unit reflects longer term and current developments in advertising and the content will therefore be reviewed on an annual basis and updated as appropriate.

Course availability:

MN30036 is Compulsory on the following courses:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 4)

MN30036 is Optional on the following courses:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB07 : BSc(Hons) Business with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
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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