MG4F1      Half Unit
Marketing Action Learning Project

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Amitav Chakravarti NAB 5.13


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Marketing. This course is not available as an outside option.


Completion of the MSc in Marketing pre-sessional course, MG4E7 Business Fundamentals.

Course content

For the Marketing Project, each team selects a target issue for an organization and uses the marketing techniques developed in the course to arrive at a recommendation. The Marketing Project is aimed at producing an in-depth report that provides two critical classes of information: (a) Section 1 tells us how a “live” business is being run and what makes it tick (or not) from a marketing value-creation point of view, and (b) Section 2 provides data-based, scientific analysis of what the firm could do better for a more sustainable and competitive future. 


2 hours of lectures in the LT.

One formal lecture, plus individual appointments through LT and ST with groups to discuss their chosen projects.

Indicative reading

• Building a Marketing Plan, by Ho Yin Wong; Kylie Radel; Roshnee Ramsaran-Fowda, Harvard Business School Publishing.

• Writing Great Marketing Plans, 2005, by T. Caulkins, Kellogg’s/Northwestern University.

• The Marketing Plan Handbook Paperback – 1 Sep 2011 by Alexander Chernev


Project (100%) in August.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: 74

Average class size 2020/21: 74

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills