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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

College of Business Administration

MARKETING 35035--BUYER BEHAVIOR

Tentative Syllabus – SPRING 2010

Website: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~lmarks
Dr. Lawrence J. Marks lmarks@kent.edu

Office­-516 BSA Office Phone: 330-672-1266

Office Hours: 2:15 to 2:45 pm MW, 5:15 to 6:30 pm MW, and by appointment.

http://www.personal.kent.edu/~lmarks Class meets12:30 to 1:45 pm in room 215 BSA
Required Text: CONSUMER BEHAVIOR, 1st edition, Barry J. Babin and Eric G. Harris, South-Western Cengage Learning, 2009. ISBN: 0-324-59011-3

Optional (but STRONGLY recommended: Printed Course Outline and Project Information available on line at http://personal.kent.edu/~lmarks).


PURPOSE:

This course is designed to introduce you to the field of consumer behavior. The primary purposes of the course are to increase your understanding of consumer behavior concepts and to help you to think about them from a managerial perspective. Thus, you will be learning both the theoretical concepts of consumer behavior and their application to marketing strategies and decision making.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Regular class attendance (and/or viewing the video archive) is strongly recommended. The classroom lectures are an important part of the course. You are encouraged to read the material prior to class as this will facilitate in-class discussion and increase your comprehension of the lecture. Of course, all quizzes and examinations must be taken.


PREREQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE IS COMPLETION OF MKTG 25010.

Students who have not successfully completed the course prerequisite must withdraw from this class. You risk deregistration if you have not completed the prerequisite.


GRADING PROCEDURES:

This class uses the plus/minus grading system. There will be three online quizzes and four examinations. These are weighted as follows:

Percentage of Final Grade

3 Online quizzes 15%

Exam 1 19%

Exam 2 20%

Exam 3 22%

Exam 4 24%


There MAY be the possibility of extra credit for participating in research projects or other activities.

The Following Policies Apply to All Students in this Course:


A. Students attending the course who do not have the proper prerequisite risk being deregistered from the class.

B. Students have responsibility to ensure they are properly enrolled in classes. You are advised to review your official class schedule (using Student Tools on FlashLine) during the first two weeks of the semester to ensure you are properly enrolled in this class and section. Should you find an error in your class schedule, you have until Sunday, January 31, 2010 to make corrections (UPO offices close FRIDAY at 5 p.m). If registration errors are not corrected by this date and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester for any class in which you are not properly registered.

C. Academic honesty: Cheating means to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of your academic work (e.g., tests, papers, projects, assignments) so as to get undeserved credit. The use of the intellectual property of others without giving them appropriate credit is a serious academic offense. It is the University's policy that cheating or plagiarism result in receiving a failing grade (0 points) for the work or course. Repeat offenses may result in dismissal from the University.

For an excellent review of the topic, browse http://ec.hku.hk/plagiarism/introduction.htm, For a PowerPoint presentation that reviews the topic of cheating and plagiarism (and which reflects my views), browse http://www.personal.kent.edu/~lmarks/ethics/Plagiarism.ppt.

D. Course Withdrawal Deadline: For Spring 2010, the course withdrawal deadline is Sunday, April 4, 2010. If you need advising assistance, you will need to contact an advisor before Friday, April 2 as our advising offices are not open on the weekend.

E. University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit http://www.kent.edu/sas for more information on registration procedures).

F. Comments on the Grading
As noted elsewhere, you are welcome to discuss any grading question with me BRIEFLY in class or extensively during my office hours. It is to your advantage to discuss any problems you may have with a grade soon after it is received. NO adjustments will be made in grades after the next examination is taken or assignment is due. Please pay attention to your grades during the semester, as the class grade is assigned firmly on the earned class average (rounded up as indicated below).

1. For assignments where I assign a grade (not likely in this course):




100% (rare)

A+

78%

C+

95%

A

75%

C

91%

A-

71%

C-

88%

B+

68%

D+

85%

B

65%

D

81%

B-

61

D-







Below 60% (rare)

F

2. The test grading scale is:




93-100%

A

77-79%

C+

90-92%

A-

73-76%

C

87-89%

B+

70-72%

C-

83-86%

B

67-69%

D+

80-82%

B-

63-66%

D







60-62%

D-







Below 60%

F

3. Translating the class average into a course grade (consistent with the University policy):





Course Avg.

Course

Grade


Univ.

GPA


Course Avg.

Course

Grade


Univ.

GPA


92.6+%

A

4.0

76.6-79.5%

C+

2.3

89.6-92.5%

A-

3.7

72.6-76.5%

C

2.0

86.6-89.5%

B+

3.3

69.6-72.5%

C-

1.7

82.6-86.5%

B

3.0

66.6-69.5%

D+

1.3

79.6-82.5%

B-

2.7

59.6-66.5%

D

1.0










59.5 and below

F

0.0


Classroom Policies
Attendance. Students are expected to stay current with the course. At a minimum students are required to check the class website multiple times per week in order to view the video lectures (for web-based students), check for announcements, take the quizzes and the tests, take the final, and to verify their grades during the semester.

Attendance in person at the live lectures is optional. If you choose to take the class using the online, web-based options, it is important to stay current with the lectures. The test questions come both from material presented in the lectures and those in the textbook.



If you prefer to learn and interact with the instructor in a traditional classroom setting, you are encouraged to attend the lectures in person. Web-based students are welcome to come to the live lectures. In-class students are welcome to make use of the lecture archives.
Classroom Policies. Everyone has the potential to make a positive contribution to the classroom experience. The free exchange of ideas expected in a college-level course requires an atmosphere of mutual respect free from harassment and intimidation. In order to achieve this, the class will abide by the following principles:


  • Participation is a good thing. If you have a question, ask it. If someone else is asking a question, or responding to a question, please listen courteously. If there is a point you don’t understand, ask for clarification. If you have something to contribute, but are uncomfortable bringing it up during class, talk with the instructor outside of class to find a way to share your contribution. Students are encouraged to ask questions in class, or by using the Vista8 discussion boards, or by e-mail (lmarks@kent.edu or via Vista 8.0 mail) or by contacting the professor during posted office hours (office 516BSA; Office phone 330-672-1266)




  • Distractions are a bad thing. Please turn off cell phones and other electronic devices; if you need to take a call move outside of the classroom to do so. Be on time to class. If you must arrive late or leave early, do so with as little commotion as possible. Do not use in-class lecture time to chat (in person or on your cell phone) with others. Do not walk in front of the camera when lectures are being broadcast. If you re-enter the classroom please do so courteously.

  • Harassment will not be tolerated. Consistent with University policy and common courtesy, no physical, verbal or other threatening or intimidating behavior of any sort, and for any reason will be tolerated in the classroom or in any class-related medium.

  • International Students. KSU, the College Of Business, and the Department Of Marketing welcome international students. If English is not your first language, you may want to register with me to have extra time on the tests. If so, drop me an email from your KSU email. I will verify your status and then give you access to tests with an extended time limit.

  • University Closings. On some occasions, the University may cancel classes due to severe weather (or other situations). Please note that, if possible, I may still give a lecture and post it as a video archive. In that case, I will let students know (on the Vista8 website) and expect that they will view the lecture and be responsible for the material covered.


Communication Policy. Please use e-mail for all “official” communication with the instructor. My e-mail address is lmarks@kent.edu and I am accessible from the Vista 8.0 mail as well.

Because I teach more than one class, you MUST start the subject line with the phrase “MKTG 35035” AND THEN include the actual subject of your message after that phrase.

An example subject line is: MKTG 35035 – Question about the test. Allow one business day (that is, 24 hours Monday through Friday) for a response. If you are asking for personal information (for example, about a grade) you MUST use your KSU email address (not beerdrinker@gwis.net). Telephone messages and postings to the Vista 8.0 discussion forums do not count as “official” communications (I cannot verify that the message is actually from you)!
RESEARCH
Because one of the functions of a university is to create knowledge, students may be invited to participate in one or more research projects related to marketing. If such an opportunity becomes available, there will be an announcement made to the class. Participants will receive a one-half percentage point (.5%) increase in their final grade for each project in which they participate. In order to ensure participation is voluntary, a student may choose not to participate in a research project and complete an alternative assignment (such as a book report) for the extra credit. Arrangements for the alternative assignment must be made at the time the extra credit opportunity is available.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Monday and Wednesday

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm in room 215 BSA

MKTG 35035 -- Section 003; CRN 14243 “live”;



MKTG 35035 -- Section 004, CRN 14595 web-based**














CHAPTER




Week




DATE

TOPIC

READINGS

Testing

1

Jan

Wed 1/20

Introduction

Chapter 1; p. 1-15




2




Mon 1/25

Overview of C.B













Wed 1/27

Overview Models cont’d

Chapter 2; p. 23-33 and 55 to 56.

On-line quiz

3

Feb

Mon 2/1

Consumer Research

Chapter 1; p.16-21










Wed 2/3

Market Segmentation I

Chapter 2; p.33-39




4




Mon 2/8

Market Segmentation II

Chapter 2; p.33-39










Wed 2/10

EXAM 1




Exam

5




Mon 2/15

Culture

Chapter 8; p. 145-167










Wed 2/17




Chapter 8; p. 145-167




6




Mon 2/22

Subculture

Chapter 8; p. 145-167










Wed 2/24

Social Class

Chapter 8; p. 145-167

On-line quiz

7

Mar

Mon 3/1

Reference Groups.

Chapter 9; p. 169-178










Wed 3/3

Reference Groups to Family

Chapter 9; p. 169-178




8




Mon 3/8

Family Influences

Chapter 9; p. 183-187










Wed 3/10

EXAM 2




Exam

9




Mon 3/15

Motivation and Involvement

Chapter 5; 83-99




10




Wed 3/17

Personality

Chapter 6; 103-118










Mon 3/22

Personal Influence

Chapter 9; 178-181










Wed 3/24

Innovation

Chapter 9; 181-182

On-line quiz










SPRING BREAK, March 29 to April 4







11

Apr

Mon 4/5

Innovation













Wed 4/7

Information Processing I

Chapter 4; 70-81




12




Mon 4/12

Information Processing II

Chapter 3; 41-58 Chapter 4; 61-69










Wed 4/14

EXAM 3




Exam

13




Mon 4/19

Attitudes

Chapter 7; p. 121-142










Wed 4/21

Changing Attitudes

Chapter 7; p. 121-142 review pages 174 & 175




14




Mon 4/26

Problem Recognition and Search

Chapter 11; p.213-226










Wed 4/28

Evaluation and Choice

Chapter 12; p. 231-244




15

May

Mon 5/3

Evaluation and Choice

Chapter 12; p. 231-244










Wed 5/5

Post-Purchase Evaluation

Chapter 13; p.247-280










5/10 to 5/14

FINALS WEEK




Final Exam

The final examination is non-cumulative and will cover all chapters and lectures after Exam 3 (this is NOT a comprehensive final). It will be in the standard room and given at the assigned time. For Monday classes beginning at 12:30 p.m. the final exam is from 10:15 to 12:30 on Thursday, May 13. Web-based students should arrange to take the final exam on Thursday, May 13 (and let me know if there are any scheduling problems).

**Class content for the web-based section should always be available within 24 hours of the class (and OFTEN it will be available later on the same day as the class). Web-based students MUST make arrangements to take the exams at one of the university testing centers. Web-based exams must be taken either on the same day as the “live” exam, or the next day.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXAMINATIONS


The purpose of the examinations is to provide a measure of your knowledge of the terminology, concepts, and application of the material covered in the textbook and in the lectures. The examinations are multiple choice and are not comprehensive.

Examinations will be briefly reviewed in class as soon as they are graded. You are welcome to discuss any question with me BRIEFLY in class or extensively during my office hours (or by e-mail for web-based students). It is to your advantage to discuss any problems you may have with a test soon after it is reviewed. NO adjustments will be made in grades after the next examination is taken.


All make-up examinations will be ESSAYS (approximately 10 questions). Make-up dates will be assigned as needed.

Revised 3/22/2010







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