APME59-Consumer Behaviour and Food Marketing

Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Elena Millan

Email: e.s.millan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module aims to discuss the theories for understanding and influencing changes in consumer behaviour, with a special focus on food products.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will develop knowledge of consumer behaviour theories and models for understanding underlying purchasing mechanism; identify a range of important factors which influence consumer behaviour; understand how marketing stimuli are calibrated to achieve different objectives and identifying specific issues related to the analysis of food consumption behaviour.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop effective verbal and written communication skills using appropriate presentation aids. They will also develop critical skills by analysing consumer behaviour under different perspectives and theoretical frameworks.

Outline content:
• Paradigms and models of Consumer Behaviour • Attitudes, beliefs and consumer behaviour • Personality influences on consumer behaviour • Social and cultural influences on consumer behaviour • Individual and household decision making • Consumers, retailers and the shopping environment • Consumer satisfaction

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The sessions will comprise a lecture and student-led seminar presentations on case-studies, applied consumer behaviour related assignments, or key articles related to the topic discussed in the previous week's lecture and suggested further readings, followed by a class discussion. The lectures will provide the theoretical background for the successful completion of the applied tasks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:
The essay coursework is an individual piece of work based on a choice of topics and has a mandatory word limit of 2,000 words. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSEWORK IS INDICATIVE ONLY AND MAYBE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Relative percentage of coursework: 50%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
One 2 hour examination (50%)

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
By re-examination in August/September.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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