Module ASB-2117:
The Marketing of Services

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr Stephen Jones

Overall aims and purpose

To provide an understanding of the unique characteristics of services, including intangibility, inseparability, perishability, and variability. To develop skills of practical application when formulating effective marketing strategies for a variety of service activities.

Course content

Topics may include but not be limited to: understanding and framing service experiences; measuring Service Quality; the role of technology in service quality; the contribution of service setting and participants; Price/Value/Quality in service creation & delivery; communication - more than promotions; managing demand and customer confidence; delivering Service delivery globally.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D- to D+ (40-49%): No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information/skills. Some grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives.

excellent

A- to A* (70+%): Outstanding performance. The relevant information accurately deployed. Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.

good

B- to B+ (60-69%): Very good performance. Most of the relevant information accurately deployed. Good grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.

C- to C+

C- to C+ (50-59%): Much of the relevant information and skills mostly accurately deployed. Adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Fair integration of theory/practice/information in the pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Some evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.

Learning outcomes

  1. Design effective service delivery strategies.

  2. Analyse service situations.

  3. Integrate marketing of services with other functions of management.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Assignment

A review of a service situation.

40
EXAM Exam S2

An exam paper of 5 question of which 2 must be completed - each answer carries equal weighting.

60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Students will be expected to engage in research & essential reading.

78
Tutorial

There will be 2 tutorials in which students will complete in-depth analysis of a particular service situation.

2
Lecture

2 hour lecture weekly.

20

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • People management: to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others.
  • Problem solving and critical analysis: analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions.
  • Research: the ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Commercial acumen: based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success, causes of failure and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty.
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise: the ability to act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, manage and exploit intellectual property, gain support, and deliver successful outcomes.
  • Networking: an awareness of the interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation and their use in generating business contacts.
  • Ability to work collaboratively both internally and with external customers and an awareness of mutual interdependence.
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures.
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information.
  • Building and maintaining relationships.
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media.
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time.

Resources

Reading list

Fisk R.P., Grove S.J. & John J. (2014) “Services Marketing an interactive approach”, Houghton Mifflin 4th ed

Wortz J., & Lovelock C. (2016) “Services Marketing: People, Technology, Strategy”, 8th Ed, World Scientific Publishing Company, ISBN-13: 978-1944659011

Wilson A, et al (2016 “Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus Across the Firm”, 3rd ed, McGraw-Hill Education, ISBN-13: 978-0077169312

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: