Module code: MAN3106

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of strategic marketing issues. Strategic marketing includes all basic and long-term activities in the field of marketing that deal with the analysis of the strategic situation of an organisation and the formulation, evaluation, and selection of market-oriented strategies and programmes. This module aims to provide a vision for strategic marketing key decision areas, ranging from marketing strategy planning to marketing strategy implementation. To this end, the module will discuss basic concepts and frameworks of strategic marketing planning, competitive marketing analysis, positioning strategies, marketing strategy implementation, and the impact of corporate social responsibility and ethics on competitive market strategies.

The module provides a systematic approach that focuses on real-world applications to enable students to relate and apply theoretical insights to marketing strategy, to improve students’ ability in analysing business cases, brainstorming, and communicating ideas, and to prepare students for the possible pursuit of a career in marketing and/or a master degree in marketing/management.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: N500

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAN1075 (Marketing Principles) or a similar module is a pre-requisite for this module

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Market-driven strategy and the context of corporate, business and marketing strategy.

  • Environmental analysis – External & Internal analysis

  • Competitive strategy and strategy formulation

  • Strategic market segmentation, targeting and positioning

  • Brand management and strategies

  • Relationship marketing & strategic CRM

  • Strategic marketing planning

  • International marketing strategy

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (1000 WORDS) 30
Coursework REPORT (2000 WORDS) 70

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • the ability to define complex marketing problems and to relate to core strategic marketing strategies.

  • advanced knowledge and application of marketing theories and concepts

  • the ability to investigate marketing strategies and present findings in a logical and coherent manner

  • the ability to identify and analyse marketing problems through the use of case studies

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  1. Individual assignment (50%), 1500 words due mid semester;

  2. Closed book examination (50%) based on a case study provided in advance of the examination. This will be during the exam period.

Formative assessment and feedback

Prior to the assignment and exam, lecture time will be spent discussing the assessments and feedback process.   Generic feedback will be given after submission. This will be a general report on the performance of the whole cohort.  This will also contain a statistical breakdown of marks so students can place their own performance against that of their cohort.  Students will also receive more individual feedback.

On-going feedback will be provided on Surreylearn and verbally in tutorials.

Marks will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission (excluding bank holidays and university closure days), via Surreylearn. Exam marks may be released later pending ratification at the board of examiners.

Module aims

  • Provide students with knowledge of fundamental concepts and frameworks widely used in the marketing strategy.
  • Enable students (as future managers) to apply marketing strategy principles that help businesses stay competitive and growth across different contexts.
  • Critically analyse business challenges for a typical company and make strategic marketing decisions to create and sustain competitive advantage.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 By the end of this module, students should demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of marketing strategy. K
002 Describe and apply strategic marketing planning process, competitive market analysis, positioning strategies, and strategy implementation approaches. KCP
003 Evaluate and compare strategies to create and sustain competitive advantage in different market contexts. KCP
004 Synthesise and apply marketing strategy principles to practical scenarios and make creative decisions. KCP
005 Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems, and act autonomously to plan and implement tasks at a professional or equivalent level. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to build upon the material covered in earlier marketing modules dealing with contemporary issues and providing a synthesis of key strategic marketing concepts.

Teaching, learning and assessment on the module is focused on case study analysis.   The use of case studies is central to the module and the teaching and learning methods as well as the assessment methods were chosen with this intention. 

The teaching and learning methods include 2 hour lectures x 11 weeks supported by 1 hour seminars x 11 weeks to demonstrate practical application of lecture material. A range of methods will be incorporated including; online resources, case studies, and student-centred active learning.  A number of tutorials will be spent covering past exam papers and case studies.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.