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MKTG3011 – Brand Management

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor and Lecturer
Dr Abas Mirzaei
Contact via 0298508560
3MD, Room 136
Wednesdays 1-2pm
Oliver Manlutac
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(MKTG202 or MKTG2002) and MKTG1003 or MKTG203)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

One of the most valuable assets firms have is their brand(s). A brand has become a key point of difference for organizations, driving consumers’ purchase decisions over the long-term. Since all stakeholders, from companies and suppliers to partners, consumers and shareholders, benefit from a strong brand, it is crucial to understand how to build and maintain a strong brand. This unit develops students’ knowledge of branding goods and services. Students learn how to use branding theories to design effective branding strategies. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the consumer psychology of brands and how to build a strong brand that resonates with consumers over time. Students develop knowledge of brand equity and the application of the marketing mix to branding strategies.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Critically evaluate the theories on consumer psychology of brands
  • ULO2: Analyse the process of brand strategy planning and implementation
  • ULO3: Develop strategies to launch and maintain a brand

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information


Late assessment submissions must also be submitted through the appropriate submission link in iLearn. No extensions will be granted unless an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.

Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.

Delivery and Resources

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Delivery and Resources

Delivery of unit material:

  • Number and length of classes: 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week, consisting of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
  • The timetable for lecture and tutorials can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/ 
  • Once students register for a particular tutorial, they cannot change their class time.
  • Attendance will be taken in tutorials.
  • Students are expected to arrive on time, and to not leave until the class ends.


Prizes: http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/undergraduate_degrees/prizes_scholarships


Unit resources:

Recommended textbooks:

Keller,  K.L; Swaminathan, V (2019), Strategic Brand Management: Building, Measuring, and Managing Brand Equity. Global 5th edition. Pearson: Sydney.

Aaker, D. (2014). Aaker on branding: 20 principles that drive success. Morgan James Publishing.


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Technology used and required

Students are required to learn how to use MS PowerPoint, word processing, and learning management systems (iLearn).


Unit webpage

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Satisfactory completion of unit:

To pass this unit students need an aggregate mark of 50 or more. 

Unit Schedule

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