Surrey University Stag


Module code: MANM534

Module Overview

Information and communication technology is changing the way companies interact with consumers. Technological evolution continues apace and marketers are seeking to exploit it in new, creative ways. This module provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the contextual, strategic and operational issues involved in the application of digital transformation to marketing. The course will be of particular value to students planning careers in digital marketing and marketing consulting.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative topics include:

  • digital and multichannel marketing

  • evolution of marketing

  • digital marketing strategy

  • digital marketing environment

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Group project 40
Coursework Individual report 60

Alternative Assessment

Individual essay in lieu of Group Project.

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group project - (LOs 1, 2 and 4)

  • Individual Report - (LOs 1, 3 and 4)

Formative assessment and feedback - Seminars are designed to include activities relevant to the assessments, a detailed marking scheme is provided to students to explain the assessment criteria used and the weighting of each criterion. Criteria have been developed in line with the learning outcomes.

Summative feedback, explaining what students did well and less well, will be published on SurreyLearn once the marking process of the group assignment is completed.

Generic feedback, including a statistical breakdown, will also be posted on SurreyLearn so that students can gauge their own performance in relation to the whole cohort's performance.

Module aims

  • In-depth knowledge of digital marketing fundamentals
  • Comprehensive view of strategy development in the digital age
  • Explore frameworks for and digital marketing implementation and practice..

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically analyse the key issues involved in developing a digital marketing strategy CKP
002 Analyze digital marketing strategies and identify issues in developing these strategies dupe of LO1 CP
003 Critically assess current developments, the opportunities and challenges of marketing technologies and discuss their future prospects KPT
004 Critically evaluate the role of digital marketing communication in strategy formulation CKP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module is delivered through weekly lectures, seminars and guided learning activities. Theory and concepts are disseminated in lectures and applied/enhanced with seminar activities in the form of case studies, practical activities and seminar leader-led interactive sessions to discuss the development of group and individual assignments. All Learning Outcomes are supported by lectures, seminars and associated guided learning and reading .

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.

Reading list
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Other information

Employability: Digital marketing skills are in high demand across the world and the scope of what is/can be done in this space is constantly evolving. The programme is closely aligned with industry expectations of specific skills needed to work in any organization with a digital presence. Thus, overall graduate employability is wider as graduates are not limited to one industry but can apply their digital skills across various industries. Each student is supported to develop a unique set of individual, interpersonal and professional skills, which are relevant to their discipline and career/entrepreneurial ventures.

Sustainability: It can be said that the very nature of Digital Marketing as a discipline may contribute to dematerialization and consequently lowering carbon footprints. Overall, sustainability is factored into the content of the module. Students will examine some ethical and social issues of data analysis.

Digital capabilities: Digital capabilities are at the heart of this programme. Students will develop capabilities web analytics and user experience design (UX).

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Digital Marketing MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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 2024/5 academic year.