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Course : Marketing Research

Course Number
4143
Section Number
101
Semester
Fall 2021
Location
Dillard College of Business Administration, 306
Days & Times
Monday
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Final Exam Day/Time

Emphasizes the importance and use of marketing research in U.S. businesses. Includes a detailed analysis of the research process from formulating of the problem to the preparing of the research report. Each student will complete a research project.


Prerequisites: Junior standing or above or consent of the chair, BUAD 3033 and MKTG 3723


Research is a necessary component for making business decisions. Therefore, regardless of industry, professionals need to know how to conduct research properly as well as be able to recognize appropriate methodologies and sound techniques given a research objective at hand.

This course provides students the steps used by professionals when conducting market research. Instruction is given on defining the objective, secondary research, qualitative primary research, survey development, sampling techniques, survey distribution, data analysis and communicating results.

By the end of the course, students will be able to conduct professional-level research needed in today’s business environments as well as be able to identify the usefulness of research conducted by others.


The course combines lectures, readings, class discussions, quizzes, and applied exercises. Students are expected to bring to the class insights from readings, experience, or close thinking about the issues. Thus, each student is expected to participate in class discussions.


Upon completion of this course, students should understand:

  • The purpose of market research
  • How to define research objectives
  • Secondary research
  • Primary research, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Data analysis 
  • How to communicate the results of research and analysis


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Note: The due dates and times for activities are posted in Central Time.



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