NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College

MKTG-UB.0001.001 (C55.0001): INTRO TO MARKETING

Summer 2012

Instructor Details

Machfoedy, Ambar


Mondays and Wednesdays: 11.00 am – 11.45 am

Suite 803


Course Meetings

MW, 12:00pm to 2:55pm

Tisch T-UC24

Final Exam: June 27

Schedule exceptions
    Class will not meet on: Monday, 28 May being Memorial Day


Course Description and Learning Goals


Marketing is about building profitable customer relationships. The aim is to create value for customers, and to capture value in return. Effective marketing strategy satisfies customer needs and creates customer value while allowing the firm to achieve its objectives.

This course has been designed to introduce you to the core concepts of marketing. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the key issues involved in the development of a balanced and integrated approach to the marketing of products and services.

Businesspeople in all areas need a solid understanding of marketing strategy to succeed. The knowledge and skills that you will gain in this course will be relevant and applicable in your future (and even present) work and social life – whether you are an employee, employer or a consumer.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand the underlying principles of the marketing discipline, the goals of the marketing system, and how marketing is used by different types of organizations.  Essentially, you will be in a good position to make meaningful contributions in the development of marketing strategies for organizations that you may be involved with – for profit and not-for-profit.


Course Outline





Readings, Assignments & Details


M, 5/21

  • Course Introduction & Overview
  • Marketing, Customers & the Concept of Value
  • The Marketing Environment


Chapters 1 & 3



W, 5/23

  • Marketing & Corporate Strategies

Chapter 2

Due:Personal Information FormsCase Study: BP: Transforming Its Strategy “Beyond Petroleum” pg 52



M 5/28




W, 5/30

  • Marketing Math
  • Consumer Buyer Behavior

Chapter 5



M, 6/4

  • Consumer Buyer Behavior
  • Organizational Buyer Behavior


Chapter 6



W, 6/6

  • Overview of Market Research Process
  • Customer Segmentation Strategy

Chapters 8 & 9

Case: Starbucks: Delivering Customer Service



M, 6/11

  • Customer Segmentation Strategy
  • Positioning Strategy and Market Maps
  • New Product Development


Chapter 9, 10



W, 6/13

  • Managing Products & Services


Chapters 11-12

Group Case Assignment Due

Case: Clean Edge Razor: Splitting Hairs in Product Positioning




M, 6/18

  • The Pricing Decision


Chapter 13-14



W, 6/20

  • Distribution Channels
  • Marketing Communications


Chapters 15, 18, 19, 20

Case: Z-Corp



M, 6/25

  • Marketing Communications
  • Group Project Presentations
  • Course Summary & Conclusion

Chapters 18, & 19

Group Project Report Due



W, 6/27







Required Course Materials

The text for the course is:


R. Kerin, S. Hartley & W. Rudelius, Marketing, 10th edition, Irwin/McGraw-Hill. The tenth edition is the latest edition, and the good news is that it is cheaper than the previous edition.

The NYU Bookstore is selling the regular hardback version of the textbook. McGraw-Hill also sells a loose-leaf version that you can put in your own binder, and an eBook version, which has a timed, 180 day subscription, for lower prices. The eBook version allows you to search the entire book, print out pages you need, and highlight, make notes, and share them with your classmates. You can get information about the eBook at www.CourseSmart.com and at http://textbooks.vitalsource.com.

In order to get the most from this course it is extremely important that you are prepared for class. I will only highlight the material covered in the text or readings, on the assumption that you can do the required background reading yourselves and you would prefer to have new information and experiences in class that supplement your basic theoretical readings. As such, if you have questions on the text or readings, it is your responsibility to let me know prior to class (via email), or at the beginning/end of class.

I will not repeat much of what is covered in the assigned readings. So if you do not prepare for class adequately, you will learn substantially less from the discussions and exercises, and not only will you not be able to participate in class effectively, but it is also likely that you will not perform well on the exams and cases. Class meetings do not test you on the background material directly, but they are based on your understanding and retention of the text material. Therefore reading the background material is crucial.

Press Articles: In some classes we will discuss examples from articles that have appeared in the popular and business press, such as the The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune and Inc.  These help create an interesting class discussion and show how marketing affects current events and in turn, are affected by them. Whenever possible, we will look at an image of these articles in class. You can get any of the NY Times articles for free on the Times web site. You can also obtain articles for most publications from the NYU Virtual Business Library, at http://library.nyu.edu/vbl/.  Just click “Journals/Newspapers/E-Books” on the left side of the homepage. If you are taking Stern courses, you should take the time to learn how to use the VBL.  


We will use case studies extensively in the course. These are a required part of the course, and are contained in the course case packet at the bookstore.The cases included in the packet are:

Cases describe interesting marketing problems encountered by real firms. We use them as good examples that illustrate and apply marketing concepts and skills in the course. Cases also give you an opportunity to make and justify marketing decisions. In cases, we will focus on identifying the marketing problems, introducing marketing concepts and skills that can help solve these problems, and applying these concepts and skills to recommend a course of action for the firm. There is no "right" or “wrong” answer to a case, but usually some answers are better than others. The strength of your reasoning and analysis is as important as your recommendations.




Assessment Components


Your grade is earned through the following activities, which are discussed in detail in this syllabus:


Your grade is earned through the following activities, which are discussed in detail in this syllabus:


Class participation                                                      20%

Group Case Study Project (Clean Edge Razor)   20%

Group Marketing Project                                           20%

Market research assignment                                      5%

Final exam                                                                   35%



Group Projects

Guidelines for Group Projects

Business activities involve group effort. Consequently, learning how to work effectively in a group is a critical part of your business education.

Every member is expected to carry an equal share of the group’s workload. As such, it is in your interest to be involved in all aspects of the project. Even if you divide the work rather than work on each piece together, you are still responsible for each part. The group project will be graded as a whole:   its different components will not be graded separately. Your exams may contain questions that are based on aspects of your group projects.

It is recommended that each group establish ground rules early in the process to facilitate your joint work including a problem-solving process for handling conflicts. In the infrequent case where you believe that a group member is not carrying out his or her fair share of work, you are urged not to permit problems to develop to a point where they become serious. If you cannot resolve conflicts internally after your best efforts, they should be brought to my attention and I will work with you to find a resolution.

You will be asked to complete a peer evaluation form to evaluate the contribution of each of your group members (including your own contribution) at the conclusion of each project. If there is consensus that a group member did not contribute a fair share of work to the project, I will consider this feedback during grading.



At NYU Stern we seek to teach challenging courses that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter.  In general, students in undergraduate core courses can expect a grading distribution where: 

Note that while the School uses these ranges as a guide, the actual distribution for this course and your own grade will depend upon how well you actually perform in this course.



The process of assigning grades is intended to be one of unbiased evaluation. Students are encouraged to respect the integrity and authority of the professor’s grading system and are discouraged from pursuing arbitrary challenges to it.

If you believe an inadvertent error has been made in the grading of an individual assignment or in assessing an overall course grade, a request to have the grade re-evaluated may be submitted. You must submit such requests in writing to me within 7 days of receiving the grade, including a brief written statement of why you believe that an error in grading has been made.


Professional Responsibilities For This Course



In-class contribution is a significant part of your grade and an important part of our shared learning experience. Your active participation helps me to evaluate your overall performance.
You can excel in this area if you come to class on time and contribute to the course by:




Classroom Norms


Stern Policies

General Behavior
The School expects that students will conduct themselves with respect and professionalism toward faculty, students, and others present in class and will follow the rules laid down by the instructor for classroom behavior.  Students who fail to do so may be asked to leave the classroom. 


Collaboration on Graded Assignments
Students may not work together on graded assignment unless the instructor gives express permission. 


Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are important to us and to students who come after you.  Please complete them thoughtfully.


Academic Integrity

Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at NYU Stern. As members of our community, all students agree to abide by the NYU Stern Student Code of Conduct, which includes a commitment to:

The entire Stern Student Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled in Stern courses and can be found here:

Undergraduate College: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/uc/codeofconduct
Graduate Programs: http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/studentactivities/involved.cfm?doc_id=102505

To help ensure the integrity of our learning community, prose assignments you submit to Blackboard will be submitted to Turnitin.  Turnitin will compare your submission to a database of prior submissions to Turnitin, current and archived Web pages, periodicals, journals, and publications.  Additionally, your document will become part of the Turnitin database.


Recording of Classes

Your class may be recorded for educational purposes


Students with Disabilities

If you have a qualified disability and will require academic accommodation of any kind during this course, you must notify me at the beginning of the course and provide a letter from the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD, 998-4980, www.nyu.edu/csd) verifying your registration and outlining the accommodations they recommend.  If you will need to take an exam at the CSD, you must submit a completed Exam Accommodations Form to them at least one week prior to the scheduled exam time to be guaranteed accommodation.


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