2019/20 Part-time Postgraduate Short course and CPD
Ulster University Business School
Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing
13 May 2020
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This course is highly interactive and is targeted at SME owners/managers keen to explore how to develop the marketing potential of their enterprises.
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The aim of this course is to examine marketing and management principles from the perspective of the practicing entrepreneur/manager. The course will re-examine key aspects of marketing theory and will critique these theories from the perspective of the practicing entrepreneurial manager. In essence, the course will examine aspects of entrepreneurial marketing management decision-making in different contexts, industries and through the application of such theory to specific live cases.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.
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The small to medium sized enterprise (SME) has unique characteristics; not least that it has limited access to resources. SMEs are not “little-big-businesses” and the practice of marketing in such enterprises is not the same as that practiced in larger organisations. The management of an SME will reflect the personal outlook and competencies of the owner/manager of such enterprises. On completion of this course, the SME owner/manager will have a deeper understanding of the role of marketing in the future development of their business venture and will have developed a competency in marketing practice within their business, what we have come to understand as “entrepreneurial marketing”. The course draws on current thinking in marketing management but pushes beyond the boundaries of existing knowledge to examine the practice of marketing decision-making and action specifically within the context of the small to medium sized business.
This course is highly interactive and is targeted at SME owners/managers keen to explore how to develop the marketing potential of their enterprises and to those advising SME owners in the practice of marketing.
100% Coursework - Group assignment (ideally three members, maximum four) consisting of a written essay (maximum 2000 words) incorporating discussion on each of the main interacting topics in their application to a chosen marketing context.
The University policy on group work is adhered to.
Each member of the group is required to submit an individual statement, maximum three pages, providing insights to the role(s) they played in the group, their responsibilities and giving details of their contribution to the group's efforts to develop the feasibility study. These individual statements should be submitted along with the group essay worth 75% of the marks. The remaining 25% of the marks will be applied to the personal statement.
This course requires attendance on three consecutive days from 9.15am - 4.15pm on 13, 14 and 15 May 2020 with a further follow-up day on 25 May 2020 (dates to be confirmed).
Normally, a degree in a relevant area e.g. business or social sciences but other degrees will also be considered.
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