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Marketing Strategy

MKT306
Assignment Guide 2013 -14
Module Leader: Sudipta Das
Email: sudipta.das@sunderland.ac.uk
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Introduction to the Assignment:
Please read all instructions and information carefully. You are required
to submit your work under the University Infringement of Assessment
Regulations. Your assignment must be submitted to your Study Centre
in hard copy with an accurately and clearly completed Assignment
Cover Sheet, and an electronic copy on CD in an envelope [hole
punched or safely secured into your plastic file or assignment wallet].
Please do not include a plastic CD case/box and remember to write
your student code and assignment code clearly onto the disc and
envelope.
You will need to achieve an overall mark of 40% in order to
successfully complete this module.
Sudipta Das
Module Leader - MKT 306
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Assignment:

Mode of Assessment: Individual Report
Weighting: 100%
Module Assessor: Sudipta Das
Issue Date: 18
th
February 2014
Submission Date:
7th April 2014
Word Count:
3500 words (+/- 10%)

Assignment Brief:
The task is divided into two parts (Part 1 & Part 2) and candidates are expected
to address both.
Your task is to identify a Branded Mobile Phone Network provider**; and then
analyse, evaluate and prepare an individual report (3500 words +/ - 10%)
addressing the following issues...
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Part1:
Using appropriate sources, identify their existing marketing strategy and
value creation process [Weightage - 30%]
Research, analyse and evaluate the key strengths and weaknesses of their
existing marketing strategy
[Weightage - 30%]
Part2:
Using appropriate theories (and real-life/academic case studies) suggest
alternative strategic approach for increasing their market share, profitability,
and long term value creation [Weightage - 40%]
Candidates are encouraged to evaluate, analyse, and recommend marketing
strategies for their chosen company within a specific context of their choice (i.e.
UK, Germany, Malaysia, Trinidad etc.). For the purpose of this assessment
students need to focus on marketing strategies been used mainly at the B2C level.
Your arguments, findings and recommendations should be supported by theories,
facts and figures published within academic books, journal articles, recognised
business magazines and market intelligence reports.
** Your chosen mobile phone network provider should be
branded, nationally recognised (at least), and it MUST have a
website. Example: Vodafone, O2, Three, EE, Virgin etc.
N.B. Please note the maximum word count excludes Appendix and References.
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Submission Policies:
1. You are required to submit your work within the bounds of the University
Infringement of Assessment Regulations.
2. Your assignment must be submitted to your Study Centre in hard copy with
an accurately and clearly completed Assignment Cover Sheet and an
electronic copy on CD put into an envelope, hole punched or safely secured
into your plastic file or assignment wallet.
3. Please do not include the plastic CD case/box and remember to write your
student code and assignment code clearly onto the disc and envelope.
4. All works submitted MUST be original. If under any circumstances a
student is found to be violating any of the 'Academic Integrity' rules, the
university deserves the right to take legal and disciplinary actions against
the individual.
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Assignment Structure:
This is an individual assignment as a single report in two parts. Candidates are
encouraged to be creative with their analysis and recommendations by using
theories covered in the class. The following structure is for illustration purpose
only, candidates are highly encouraged to design their own report structure
answering the questions given in PART 1 & 2.
Title page
Executive Summary
Table of contents
Introduction
Methodology
Situational Analysis current strategies
Segmentation Targeting & Positioning (STP)
Differential advantages/weaknesses (USP) (SWOT) (PESTLE)
Recommended objectives and goals (SMART)
Recommended Marketing Strategies and Programmes
Conclusion
Bibliography (with references)
An electronic copy on CD
A receipt from Turn ItIn
Please remember that this is only a rough guideline and candidates are
encouraged to structure their report according to their preference.
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Detailed Explanation of Individual Sections:
Youre aiming for a 3500 word report following the given structure...
Title: In a short report this may simply be the front cover. In a long one it could also
include Terms of Reference, Table of Contents and so on.
Executive Summary: Give a clear and very concise account of the main points,
main conclusions and main recommendations. Keep it very short, about a page or
a few % of the total length. Some people, especially senior managers, may not
read anything else so write as if it were a short stand-alone document. It isnt but
for some people it might as well be. Keep it brief and free from jargon so that
anyone can understand it and get the main points. WRITE IT LAST, but do not
copy and paste from the report itself; that rarely works well.
Introduction: This is the first part of the report proper. Use it to paint the
background to the problem and to show the reader why the report is important to
them. Give your terms of reference (if not in the Title Section) and explain how the
details that follow are arranged. Write it in plain English.
Current Situation: This is where you report the facts as they are now. It will
probably have several sections or sub-sections each with its own subtitle. It is
unique to your report and will describe what you discovered about the problem.
Take care to answer the exact question which has been set if you write about
retail outlets when the question is about a specific brand you will lose valuable
marks and possibly fail. If in any doubt ask your tutor!
These sections are most likely to be read by experts so you can use some
appropriate jargon but explain it as you introduce it. You are supposed to be
demonstrating your understanding of the topic so this is a great opportunity to
arrange the information logically, putting things in order of priority -- most important
first. In fact, follow that advice in every section of your report. You may choose to
include a Discussion in which you explain the significance of your findings but
remember to use a report style structure throughout your work.
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Recommendations: This is the heart of your report. What do you suggest should
be done? Dont be shy; you did the work so state your recommendations in order
of priority, and in plain English. Again it will probably have several sections or sub-
sections each with its own subtitle
Conclusions: Present the logical conclusions of your investigation of the
problem. Bring it all together and maybe offer options for the way forward. Many
people will read this section. Write it in plain English. If you have included a
discussion then this section may be quite short.
Appendices: Put the heavy details here, the information that only specialists are
likely to want to see. As a guide, if some detail is essential to your argument then
include it in the main body, if it merely supports the argument then it could go in an
appendix. Make sure you signpost this information in the main body of your report.
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Marking Scheme
1st (70+%)
An excellent assignment. It demonstrates a high level of understanding of the
learning outcomes. The report provides evidence of significant understanding of
marketing strategy theory/techniques and its application to the selected
organisation. All decisions are logical, coherent, fully justified, explained succinctly
and coherently, but also demonstrates a high level of insight and originality. The
presentation is of a very high standard demonstrating a professional approach
which is generally free of errors.
2:1 (60-69%)
A very good assignment. It demonstrates a reasonably high level of understanding
of the learning outcomes. The assignment provides evidence of understanding of
marketing strategy theory/techniques and its application to the selected
organisation. All decisions are logical, justified and explained however are less
strong in terms of insight and originality. The presentation is of a high standard
and predominantly free from errors.
2.2 (50-59%)
A good assignment. It demonstrates a sound understanding of the learning
outcomes. The report provides evidence of understanding of marketing strategy
theory/techniques and its application to the selected organisation, though this may
be somewhat limited. Most decisions are appropriate however are less strong in
terms of insight, logic and originality. The presentation is adequate.
3rd (40-49%)
A satisfactory assignment. It demonstrates an understanding of the learning
outcomes. The report provides evidence of understanding of marketing strategy
theory/techniques and its application to the selected organisation, although this is
limited. Decisions are appropriate however lack coherence, insight and logic. The
presentation is adequate, but lacks cohesion.

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Grade F (<40%)
An unsatisfactory assignment which demonstrates a lack of understanding of the learning
outcomes and has not answered the question. It contains some elements of marketing
strategy/techniques applied to the context however is not wholly appropriate. The
assignment lacks logic, coherence, originality and insight. The presentation is poor with a
number of errors.

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Generic Assessment Criteria Undergraduate
These should be interpreted according to the level at which you are working and related to the assessment criteria for the module
Categories
Relevance Knowledge Analysis Argument and Structure Critical Evaluation Presentation Reference to Literature
The work examined is exemplary and provides clear evidence of a complete grasp of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also
ample excellent evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are fully satisfied. At this level it is expected that the work will be exemplary in
all the categories cited above. It will demonstrate a particularly compelling evaluation, originality, and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse.
The work examined is outstanding and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also excellent evidence
showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that level are fully satisfied. At this level it is expected that the work will be outstanding in the majority of the
categories cited above or by demonstrating particularly compelling evaluation and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse.

Generally coherent and
logically structured, using an
appropriate mode of
argument and/or theoretical
mode(s)
Some attempt to construct a
coherent argument, but may
suffer loss of focus and
consistency, with issues at
stake stated only vaguely, or
theoretical mode(s) couched
in simplistic terms
A basic argument is evident,
but mainly supported by
assertion and there may be a
lack of clarity and coherence
Critical appraisal of up-to-
date and/or appropriate
literature. Recognition of
different perspectives. Very
good use of source material.
Uses a range of sources
Uses a variety of literature
which includes some recent
texts and/or appropriate
literature, though not
necessarily including a
substantive amount beyond
library texts. Competent use
of source material.
Some up-to-date and/or
appropriate literature used.
Goes beyond the material
tutor has provided. Limited
use of sources to support a
point. Weak use of source
material.
Grade

86
100%
76-85%
6069%
5059%
4049%
7075%
The work examined is excellent and is evidence of comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also excellent evidence
showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that level are satisfied At this level it is expected that the work will be excellent in the majority of the categories
cited above or by demonstrating particularly compelling evaluation and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse.
Directly relevant to
the requirements of
the assessment
A substantial
knowledge of relevant
material, showing a
clear grasp of
themes, questions
and issues therein
Good analysis,
clear and orderly
Some attempt to
address the
requirements of the
assessment: may
drift away from this in
less focused
passages Adequate
knowledge of a fair
range of relevant
material, with
intermittent evidence
of an appreciation of
its significance

Some analytical
treatment, but may
be prone to
description, or to
narrative, which
lacks clear
analytical purpose
Some correlation
with the
requirements of the
assessment but
there is a significant
degree of irrelevance
Basic understanding
of the subject but
addressing a limited
range of material
Largely descriptive
or narrative, with
little evidence of
analysis
May contain some
distinctive or
independent thinking;
may begin to formulate
an independent position
in relation to theory
and/or practice. Well
written, with standard
spelling and grammar, in a
readable style with
acceptable format
Sound work which
expresses a coherent
position only in broad
terms and in uncritical
conformity to one or
more standard views of
the topic
Competently written,
with only minor lapses
from standard
grammar, with
acceptable format
Some evidence of a
view starting to be
formed but mainly
derivative.
A simple basic style
but with significant
deficiencies in
expression or format
that may pose
obstacles for the
reader

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35 39%
Relevance to the
requirements of the
assessment may be
very intermittent, and
may be reduced to
its vaguest and least
challenging terms
A limited
understanding of a
narrow range of
material
Heavy dependence
on description,
and/or on
paraphrase, is
common
Little evidence of coherent
argument: lacks development
and may be repetitive or thin
Almost wholly derivative:
the writers contribution
rarely goes beyond
simplifying paraphrase
Numerous
deficiencies in
expression and
presentation; the
writer may achieve
clarity (if at all) only by
using a simplistic or
repetitious style
Barely adequate use of
literature. Over reliance on
material provided by the tutor.
The evidence provided shows that the majority of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are sat isfied.
30 34% The work examined provides insufficient evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence provided shows that some of the
learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work wi ll be weak in some of the indicators.
15-29% The work examined is unacceptable and provides little evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence shows that few of the
learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in several of the indicators.
0-14% The work examined is unacceptable and provides almost no evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence fails to show
that any of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in the majority or all of the indicators.
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