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Certificate in Consumer Behaviour

Detailed Course Curriculum
The Introduction to Consumer Behaviour module is designed to provide an understanding of consumer behaviour and how it relates to marketing strategy. It covers the basic principles of marketing and introduces the consumer behaviour process, including segmentation and targeting. The module also discusses how consumer influences drive marketing decisions and how these factors can be leveraged to create effective marketing strategies.
The Situational Influence and Problem Recognition module is focused on the various consumer situations that influence consumer behavior, as well as the process of problem recognition and its impact on consumer decision-making. This module covers the different types of consumer situations and how they can influence behavior, and also discusses marketing strategies that can be employed to activate problem recognition and influence consumer behavior. Additionally, the module explores the methods that marketers use to persuade consumers to buy a product or service, as well as the ethical considerations associated with these strategies.
The Information Search and Choices module in the Certificate in Consumer Behaviour course aims to provide students with an understanding of the process of information search and evaluation of alternatives in consumer decision-making. This module covers various aspects related to information search, such as internal vs external search, pre-purchase vs ongoing search, and the factors influencing the amount of external information search. Additionally, it also delves into the evaluation of alternatives, identification of evaluation criteria, and the use of surrogate indicators.
The module on Purchase and Post-Purchase Processes in the Certificate in Consumer Behaviour course covers the stages of the buying process beyond information search and alternative evaluation, including purchase decision-making and post-purchase behaviour. Students will learn about the factors that influence retail outlet selection, the effects of in-store marketing and atmospherics, post-purchase dissonance, and strategies to reduce it. The module also covers product use, non-use, disposal, and the impact on marketing strategy, as well as customer satisfaction, complaining behaviour, repeat purchase behaviour, and brand loyalty.
This module aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of how consumers perceive and interpret marketing messages, learn about products and services, and retain information. The module delves into the factors that influence consumer attention, interpretation, and comprehension of marketing communications, including cultural, social, and individual differences. Students will also explore the principles of classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement, and stimulus discrimination, which are important concepts in consumer behavior and marketing. Additionally, the module examines how perception, learning, and memory are interrelated and how they impact marketing strategy.
In this module students will delve into the psychological factors that drive consumer behavior, exploring different theories related to motivation, needs, personality, and emotion. This module covers various topics such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, self-determination theory, and the five-factor model of personality, among others. The module also examines the relationship between motivation, personality, and emotion, and how they impact consumer decision-making. Additionally, students will explore the ways in which marketers can leverage these psychological factors to influence consumer behavior, with a focus on developing effective marketing strategies that are tailored to consumers’ needs and preferences.
This module is divided into two main areas of focus. The first part of the module covers attitudes and attitude change in consumer behavior, introducing students to the concept of attitudes and how they influence consumer decision-making. The module explores theories of attitude change and the role of persuasion in shaping attitudes. The second part of the module delves into the changing Australian society and lifestyle and how it impacts consumer behavior. This section examines the factors that contribute to changes in society and lifestyle, including demographic shifts, technological advancements, and cultural influences, and explores how these changes affect consumer behavior and decision-making.
The module Group influence and group communication is a part of the Certificate in Consumer Behaviour course that examines the impact of groups on consumer behaviour. It focuses on understanding how groups influence individual behaviour, how communication occurs within groups, and how marketers use group influence to promote products and services. The module also examines consumption subcultures, opinion leadership, and the diffusion of innovations.
This module will focus on the role of household structure and social stratification in influencing consumer behavior. The module will examine how household types influence consumer behavior and the decision-making process within the household. Additionally, the module will explore the concept of social stratification and its impact on consumer behavior. The module will also analyze how social class and education, income, and other demographic factors affect consumer behavior.
The module Culture and Cross-Cultural Variations in Consumer Behaviour is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the impact of culture on consumer behaviour. The module delves into various dimensions of culture, such as cultural values, beliefs, and norms, and their influence on consumption patterns. Learners will also explore how differences in non-verbal communication, perception of time, and symbols in different cultures can affect consumer behaviour. The module emphasizes the importance of developing a cross-cultural marketing plan and provides strategies for doing so. Overall, this module will enable students to appreciate the role of culture in shaping consumer behaviour and help them develop effective cross-cultural marketing strategies.

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