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As the digital era develops and our reliance on digital technology increases, so does the need for organisations to stay ahead of their competitors with improved targeting and analysis via the latest digital marketing channels and tools. 

With a known digital skills gap within the marketing industry, our Digital Marketing Degree Apprenticeship provides the perfect opportunity for companies to invest their apprenticeship levy or funding to ensure their marketing provision is current and challenging in today’s competitive market environment.  

Our apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with industry professionals and aligned to the professional standards of the three major marketing accrediting bodies: Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM) and the Market Research Society (MRS). 

Apprentices on the programme will develop an understanding for all areas of digital marketing including digital advertising, consumer online behaviour, the importance of the customer experience and campaign management. Additionally, apprentices will explore the importance of data and how to analyse and segment the information for targeted campaigns. 

This programme is the ideal learning platform for those new to marketing who would like to progress into a digital specialist role and experienced marketing professionals whose previous education may not have included the digital platforms and tools available today. 

The University are actively seeking Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM) for this programme, however these are subject to approval by the relevant accrediting body.

Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship programmes at Northumbria University are designed to support apprentices in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviour and retain the integrity of the apprenticeship standard as defined by IFATE . For further details please consult the IFATE Apprenticeship standards / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education webpage here.

IDM accreditation recognises that the course has met the content requirements for students to take the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data Driven Marketing, an entry level qualifications for those entering the data and marketing profession. Students may become DMA student members, use DMA content to support their learning and gain skills to increase their employability for work. 

The University are actively seeking Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for this programme, however this is subject to approval by the relevant accrediting body.

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As the digital era develops and our reliance on digital technology increases, so does the need for organisations to stay ahead of their competitors with improved targeting and analysis via the latest digital marketing channels and tools. 

With a known digital skills gap within the marketing industry, our Digital Marketing Degree Apprenticeship provides the perfect opportunity for companies to invest their apprenticeship levy or funding to ensure their marketing provision is current and challenging in today’s competitive market environment.  

Our apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with industry professionals and aligned to the professional standards of the three major marketing accrediting bodies: Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM) and the Market Research Society (MRS). 

Apprentices on the programme will develop an understanding for all areas of digital marketing including digital advertising, consumer online behaviour, the importance of the customer experience and campaign management. Additionally, apprentices will explore the importance of data and how to analyse and segment the information for targeted campaigns. 

This programme is the ideal learning platform for those new to marketing who would like to progress into a digital specialist role and experienced marketing professionals whose previous education may not have included the digital platforms and tools available today. 

The University are actively seeking Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Institute of Data and Marketing (IDM) for this programme, however these are subject to approval by the relevant accrediting body.

Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship programmes at Northumbria University are designed to support apprentices in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviour and retain the integrity of the apprenticeship standard as defined by IFATE . For further details please consult the IFATE Apprenticeship standards / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education webpage here.

IDM accreditation recognises that the course has met the content requirements for students to take the IDM Certificate in Digital and Data Driven Marketing, an entry level qualifications for those entering the data and marketing profession. Students may become DMA student members, use DMA content to support their learning and gain skills to increase their employability for work. 

The University are actively seeking Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for this programme, however this is subject to approval by the relevant accrediting body.

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Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 Years Part-Time

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

 Applicants must be employed in a relevant role, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

 

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed a related Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or those with non-standard qualifications, or a significant amount of relevant work-based or professional experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator  

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

 

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE Requirements:

It is a condition that you have GCSE grades C/4 or above in English Language and Maths, or Functional Skills English or Maths at level 2 by the End Point Assessment period of your Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

Applicants must be employed in a relevant role, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed a related Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or those with non-standard qualifications, or a significant amount of relevant work-based or professional experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator  

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE Requirements:

It is a condition that you have GCSE grades C/4 or above in English Language and Maths, or Functional Skills English or Maths at level 2 by the End Point Assessment period of your Apprenticeship.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9408 -

Personal Development and Professional Competence (20 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in setting the foundation for your personal and professional development as an existing or aspiring manager. We will introduce you to the learning approach that will be adopted throughout the programme and the way in which this suite of modules will support your application of learning from all modules into your professional practice in the workplace. Through engaging in the workshop sessions and the associated learning activities, you will develop your self-awareness and self-management, interpersonal skills and your abilities in working with others. The module will also strengthen your capacity as an independent and work-based learner. The broad areas covered by this module include:

• Developing self-awareness and self-management
• Learning approaches and ownership of personal development
• Interpersonal skills
• Team dynamics and team working

Underpinned by theoretical concepts and models and providing opportunities for skills practice, you will develop your management knowledge and skills and demonstrate this through using your workplace practice to evidence your enhanced personal and professional skills. This module will support you in creating a personal and professional development plan or learning contract that will adapt and develop throughout the programme as you develop new skills and knowledge. By engaging in self and social development processes, identifying personal and professional development needs and gathering examples of your practice in the workplace, you will be able to evidence your development journey throughout the programme.

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MK9408 -

Digital Business Models and E-commerce (20 Credits)

Throughout this module, you will consider the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will in particular cover the following 3 themes:

Digital Business Strategy: You will develop an understanding of the different business models (including omni and multiple channel business strategies) related to e-commerce and e-business strategy, and gain insights into emerging technologies, trend, and themes.

Ethics, law, and e-commerce: In this part of the module you will consider the ethical, social, and political issues that e-commerce raises, including information rights, intellectual property, taxation and governance.

Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop an appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, by addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions, SCM for e-commerce, e-procurement, e-CRM and so on. In addition, you will consider how different types of information systems can support decision-making.

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MK9409 -

Digital Marketing Professional Development 1 (20 Credits)

You will learn through tutor facilitated workshops, skills practice, tutor guidance and feedback and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the programme to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. You are encouraged to customise your individual portfolio so that it is directly relevant to what you need to learn, apply and evidence. The workplace provides a rich learning environment if you know how to plan, reflect and renew your own knowledge and skills through formal and informal modes of learning in practice. Importantly you will be required to review your learning and evidence with your workplace mentor and your individual coach on a regular basis, and provide evidence of the transfer of your learning into updating the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes that underpin the development of your professional practice. Therefore, it is the evidence of how you have applied learning to improve your own practice in the workplace, which will demonstrate your competence in this module. This portfolio will enable you to demonstrate how you have applied your learning from across all modules into your workplace practice. You will be building a portfolio of evidence that illustrates your development as a digital marketing specialist throughout the whole programme.

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NX9444 -

Global Business Environment and Functions (40 Credits)

This module introduces you to the global forces shaping international business and takes into account the macro business environments of different countries and regions. Broad issues such as globalisation, political systems, major world economies, the formation of trade blocks and the regulation of international trade and finance are considered. Where appropriate, module explores macro-economic theory. This module introduces you to the world of economic analysis, providing basic theoretical frameworks for the analysis of individual economic decisions as well as aggregate fluctuations in output, prices and employment. It covers selected topics in both micro and macro-economics. The module will also help you to develop an understanding of the external business environment, in terms of institutions, markets, industries and organisations. During the course of the module, you will have an opportunity to research and analyse contemporary cases that illustrate theory and concepts.

In addition, the module explores the internal functions of an organisation from silos to an integrated approach in order to explore the synergies of cross-functional teams and matrix organisational structures within the contemporary global business environment. Functions explored in detail include Accounting and Finance, Sales and Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Information Systems. This module introduces the business functions and forms a holistic foundation in which to ground the digital marketing functions covered in further study at Stages 2 and 3.

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NX9471 -

Business Research Methods and Analysis (20 Credits)

This module introduces your learning in a research rich learning environment. It outlines the nature and value of research within organisations, and you will develop the knowledge and skills to apply a variety of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and tools to support business research and decision-making. The module is delivered using workshops, in which key knowledge will be addressed and you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your skills in conducting research and analysing data.

Within this module, you will cover a range of topics, including:

• Introduction to University learning resources
• The value of a research rich approach as a means of enhancing your learning and informing organisational and personal practice
• Using academic theory, models, principles and frameworks to help understand and inform organisational and personal practice
• Engaging with academic literature and published research outputs
• Academic Writing
• Ethics issues in research
• Qualitative research methods – interviewing and observation, analysing qualitative data
• Quantitative research methods – data collection and statistical analysis, comprising data types, sampling, questionnaire design and coding, survey dissemination, data presentation and summary, correlation and regression analysis, time series forecasting.


You will develop your understanding of research methods as a means of informing how you may conduct research within your organisation. Furthermore, you will be encouraged to consider your role as a researcher and the ethical considerations in the research process. You will develop skills regarding the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of techniques for use in modelling, analysis and interpretation of business problems. You will become aware of the role of modelling as an aid to business problem solving. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Excel as an aid to data analysis and the development of various business problem-solving models. Through addressing these themes, you will also learn the significance of research proposals as well as how to structure them.

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MK9519 -

Customer Experience and Relationship Marketing (20 Credits)

The overall intention of this module is to encourage you to think about the relationships that companies have with their customers over a period of time, rather than view each customer purchase as an individual ‘transaction’. With this in mind you will address the following themes:
• Customer Experience (CX): You will be introduced to the concept of CX: (defined as your customers’ perceptions – both conscious and subconscious – of their relationship with your brand resulting from all their interactions with your brand during the customer life cycle).
• Service Design: Using principles of lean systems, you will appreciate how organisations design systems to add value to the customer experience.
• Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty: You will consider how customer satisfaction is defined and measured in practice, and also reflect on the relationship between satisfaction and customer loyalty (incorporating the use of loyalty schemes). This will include appreciating relevant metrics (satisfaction, retention, and other models such as ‘recency frequency value’).
• Customer Feedback and Complaint Handling: You will consider how organisations should respond to negative scenarios with a view to retaining customers and limiting reputational damage.
• Relationship Marketing: Much of the module content stems from the overarching principle of Relationship Marketing, and you will be encouraged to critically explore this area of literature and consider the three core pillars of RM: acquisition, retention and dissolution.
• Introduction to Database Marketing: As part of understanding customer relationships, you will be introduced to the principles of using a database to manage the customer relationship.

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MK9520 -

Digital Consumerism (20 Credits)

Many customers are increasingly multichannel in their interactions with organisations, and this module is designed to give you an oversight of how customers make decisions online as individuals and collective groups. Core themes of this module include:

- Customer Personas and Segmentation: You will consider how customers can be segmented based upon their levels of digital literacy and engagement, and also consider the technological requirements of different generational groups (such as millennials versus generation Z). From here you will develop skills in creating customer personas as a tool to aid marketing decision making.
- Consumer Decision Making: understanding how consumers choose between brand offerings, and specifically how their use of digital channels has changed their consumer behaviour.
- Journey Mapping: You will gain an appreciation of how consumers make decisions as they progress through their everyday lives, what influences these decisions and the critical company-consumer touch points.
- Virtual Brand Communities: Many online organisations attempt to create online communities where users contribute towards co-creation of new products, advocate the brand or engage in various engagement strategies (such as gamification). You will also consider how digital channels have given consumers increased voice and influence in the marketplace and the growth of brand activism.
- Social Consequences of Digitisation: You will also consider some of the negative consequences of consumer engagement with online channels, including social media and screen addiction, fake reviews, abusive / harmful behaviour and security / privacy issues.

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MK9521 -

Marketing Research and Planning (20 Credits)

This module helps you develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of ‘Marketing Research’ and ‘Marketing Planning’. Specifically, you will gain an understanding about how marketing planning and research can assist marketers, managers, and entrepreneurs to achieve competitive advantages and marketing objectives. You will develop your ability to interpret and analyse secondary and primary data that can aid future marketing decisions.
The module covers the following content.
1. Principles and different types of marketing research (including secondary and primary research, qualitative and quantitative methods);
2. Fundamentals of marketing planning;
3. Core components of the marketing mix;
4. Marketing plan implementation and control.

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MK9522 -

Social Media and Mobile Marketing (20 Credits)

This is a 40-credit core module running in the second year of your Digital Marketer Degree Apprenticeship.

Social media and web 2.0 software applications such as social networking tools, wikis, blogs, video sharing sites and other collaborative software have had a considerable impact upon how organisations and consumers interact. The aim of the module is to explore the various ways in which social media is used in marketing, advertising and branding, and how the pervasiveness of mobile technology has played a pivotal role in the rise of social media.

Social media is seen as a key channel in integrated marketing communications, and a firm’s use of social media now has significant impact on the effectiveness of most marketing campaigns and branding strategies. The module will consider the various marketing strategies and techniques used on social media; explore basic methods of analysis in monitoring social media, consider a number of case studies in which social media have been used and examine the effectiveness and limitations (including legal and ethical issues) of social media and engagement.

Students will produce a detailed plan for the use of social media in a branding or advertising campaign including the production of exemplar material for use in a campaign.

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MK9523 -

Web Design for Marketers (20 Credits)

An organisation’s website and emails remain two of the most important aspects of how a company presents itself to the outside world. In this module, you will explore how websites and emails are constructed and develop an appreciation of design principles.
The module is composed of three themes:
• Principles of Design: Web design is a constantly evolving subject. New devices and methods of browsing can change the landscape of the internet and how people consume websites and emails. You will explore core design ideas which can be used to create functional, responsive and user focused designs for both websites and email marketing campaigns across devices. You will also look at the role of web standards and their importance.

• Building Blocks of the Web: There are many different technologies which are at play in the internet. However an organisation choices to build their website or whichever platform they use to send marketing emails, their solution will make use of two fundamental web technologies - HTML and CSS. Here you will learn how to write HTML and CSS and how these two technologies work together to layout and structure the content of a web page.

• Designing Compelling Emails: Email marketing continues to remain a fundamental part of most companies digital market strategy. This section will introduce you to practical techniques of using the technologies explored elsewhere. You will learn how to create email designs which scale elegantly to different devices and be introduced to platforms which can send marketing emails.

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MK9524 -

Digital Marketing Professional Development 2 (20 Credits)

You will learn through tutor facilitated workshops, skills practice, tutor guidance and feedback and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the programme to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. You are encouraged to customise your individual portfolio so that it is directly relevant to what you need to learn, apply and evidence. The workplace provides a rich learning environment if you know how to plan, reflect and renew your own knowledge and skills through formal and informal modes of learning in practice. Importantly you will be required to review your learning and evidence with your workplace mentor and your individual coach on a regular basis, and provide evidence of the transfer of your learning into updating the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes that underpin the development of your professional practice. Therefore, it is the evidence of how you have applied learning to improve your own practice in the workplace, which will demonstrate your competence in this module. This portfolio will enable you to demonstrate how you have applied your learning from across all modules into your workplace practice. You will be building a portfolio of evidence that illustrates your development as a Digital Marketingspecialist throughout the whole programme.

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BM9607 -

Project Management (20 Credits)

From both a practical and theoretical view, you will learn to think about what project management means, the process of project management and how to manage projects by using a number of professional project management methods such as project charters, benefits realisation, work-breakdown structures, and scheduling techniques. Within this module the main topics covered (incorporating the knowledge areas outlined by the globally recognised ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ PMBOK®) include:

• Identifying project requirements
• Addressing the various needs and expectations of the relevant social groups as a project is planned and carried out
• Setting and maintaining active communication with relevant social groups
• Sustainable project management and addressing competing project constraints such as scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risk.

The module will develop your professional skills and confidence in managing projects using various techniques and drawing on your academic study of contemporary project management literature. You will explore a range of approaches plus alternative views in order to challenge assumptions and identify ways to make project management more meaningful and sustainable. You will become aware of the role of professional techniques and methodologies as an aid to managing projects. Alongside this practical learning, you will develop critical understanding of the importance of integrating social and ethical criteria into project planning and operation.

On completing the module, you will be able to utilise appropriate professional project management techniques. You will have developed a blend of technical skills with reflective, social knowledge to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module.

Completion of the module also provides eligibility for entrance to the ‘Certified Associate of Project Management’ examination. This is a credential offered by the globally recognised Project Management Institute provided the candidate has at least 24 hours of formal project management education.

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MK9621 -

Digital Campaign Management (20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide students with an overview of managing a digital marketing campaign alongside opportunities to utilise a range of digital media. At heart of the module is digital campaign management, which is continually evolving due to consumers’ digital media uses, offering interactive opportunities for businesses to communicate.

The module will cover the following themes:

• Campaign Management: understanding the fundamentals of campaign management and specifically from a digital perspective and how the evolving digital media can be utilised in deploying a digital campaign.

• Content Management: an appreciation of delivering content through a variety of digital platforms; website, mobile, social media and email.

• User Experience: investigating what constitutes for a positive user experience through digital platforms, and how this will manifest itself on different platforms.

• Social Media Marketing: explore social media campaigns and appreciate what influences successful campaigns and their implementation.

• Mobile Marketing: investigate the growing importance mobile marketing plays within a digital campaign and its role within the customer journey.

• Email Marketing: investigate strategies for email marketing and its ability to forge customer relationships, due to its personalise nature and its target approach.

• Affiliated: appreciation of the role of affiliation marketing and how it can be used as part of relationship with external suppliers to drive traffic through SEO, PPC, email marketing, display advertising.

• Measurement: understand methods of measuring campaigns in order to value and judge success, allowing for development within future campaigns.

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MK9622 -

Strategic Marketing in the Digital Era (20 Credits)

This module will extend your knowledge and understanding of (digital) marketing concepts acquired from your previous studies, and apply them in order to develop comprehensive marketing stratefies. You will learn to apply the principles and techniques of marketing strategy and incorporate digital marketing elements to help organisations achieve their objectives. You will learn to use models which help marketing managers make more informed decisions (e.g. environmental analysis, new product development and branding) and you will understand the role of digital marketers in an organisation. You will undertake analysis of complex situations via the use of case studies and learn how to present solutions through group discussions. The ability to think strategically will be expressed in the production of marketing plans that incorporate marketing and digital marketing elements.
Within this module, you will cover three main areas:

1) Designing appropriate marketing strategies:

• Assessing internal and external environments
• Developing effective marketing strategies
• New product development
• Building strong brands
• Developing relationship and sustainable marketing strategies

2) Use of Digital Marketing

• Effectively incorporating Digital Marketing in business strategies
• Developing Digital Marketing strategies for sustainable competitive advantage
• Using Digital Marketing to build brand awareness and loyalty
• Combining different Digital Marketing tools to maximise the effectiveness of our strategies

3) Implementation of strategies:

• Implementing (digital) marketing strategies
• Delivering customer value
• Marketing metrics and Key Performance Indicators

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MK9623 -

Digital Marketing Metrics (20 Credits)

In this module, you will explore the important role of data, websites and social media platforms in an organisation’s digital marketing strategy. By doing so, you will learn the principles of traditional and digital evaluation plus the concept of social listening using big data. You will also learn about using different analytic tools which, will be used to review information for the consideration of traditional information and big data. All this will help measure the effectiveness of an organisation and its associated campaigns. Experiences that you will cover include understanding key marketing metrics, Netnography, forecasting and website Evaluation. You will appreciate application of web and social media marketing which include strategic social listening, search engine optimisation, pay per click, conversion rate optimisation.
You will also be given an introduction to Web Analytics, with particular reference to an industrial standard application (most likely Google analytics). This will cover determining how the software application works, data collection, analysis and reporting.

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MK9624 -

Digital Marketing EPA Work-Based Project (40 Credits)

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate into a work-related issue, practicing research skills through engaging in a research project. Through studying this module you will develop a wide range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills. You will increase your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment and enhance your individual effectiveness and employability, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s development and effectiveness through change.

The project will draw upon your learning across the programme: to identify a business, management or leadership issue relevant to your organisation and design and conduct an appropriate investigation into this issue. The project will focus on a work-based issue and develop your skills in:

• the diagnosis of problems
• identifying project objectives
• project planning
• project management
• development of strategies to address problems
• data collection
• data analysis
• addressing ethical issues in research
• drawing supportable conclusions from data analysis
• outlining recommendations
• presentation techniques

You will be expected to demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration from an organisational, individual perspective by adhering to University Ethical Guidelines. Furthermore you will also engage in reflection on the learning derived from carrying out the project.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HR9408 -

Personal Development and Professional Competence (20 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in setting the foundation for your personal and professional development as an existing or aspiring manager. We will introduce you to the learning approach that will be adopted throughout the programme and the way in which this suite of modules will support your application of learning from all modules into your professional practice in the workplace. Through engaging in the workshop sessions and the associated learning activities, you will develop your self-awareness and self-management, interpersonal skills and your abilities in working with others. The module will also strengthen your capacity as an independent and work-based learner. The broad areas covered by this module include:

• Developing self-awareness and self-management
• Learning approaches and ownership of personal development
• Interpersonal skills
• Team dynamics and team working

Underpinned by theoretical concepts and models and providing opportunities for skills practice, you will develop your management knowledge and skills and demonstrate this through using your workplace practice to evidence your enhanced personal and professional skills. This module will support you in creating a personal and professional development plan or learning contract that will adapt and develop throughout the programme as you develop new skills and knowledge. By engaging in self and social development processes, identifying personal and professional development needs and gathering examples of your practice in the workplace, you will be able to evidence your development journey throughout the programme.

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MK9408 -

Digital Business Models and E-commerce (20 Credits)

Throughout this module, you will consider the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will in particular cover the following 3 themes:

Digital Business Strategy: You will develop an understanding of the different business models (including omni and multiple channel business strategies) related to e-commerce and e-business strategy, and gain insights into emerging technologies, trend, and themes.

Ethics, law, and e-commerce: In this part of the module you will consider the ethical, social, and political issues that e-commerce raises, including information rights, intellectual property, taxation and governance.

Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop an appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, by addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions, SCM for e-commerce, e-procurement, e-CRM and so on. In addition, you will consider how different types of information systems can support decision-making.

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MK9409 -

Digital Marketing Professional Development 1 (20 Credits)

You will learn through tutor facilitated workshops, skills practice, tutor guidance and feedback and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the programme to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. You are encouraged to customise your individual portfolio so that it is directly relevant to what you need to learn, apply and evidence. The workplace provides a rich learning environment if you know how to plan, reflect and renew your own knowledge and skills through formal and informal modes of learning in practice. Importantly you will be required to review your learning and evidence with your workplace mentor and your individual coach on a regular basis, and provide evidence of the transfer of your learning into updating the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes that underpin the development of your professional practice. Therefore, it is the evidence of how you have applied learning to improve your own practice in the workplace, which will demonstrate your competence in this module. This portfolio will enable you to demonstrate how you have applied your learning from across all modules into your workplace practice. You will be building a portfolio of evidence that illustrates your development as a digital marketing specialist throughout the whole programme.

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NX9444 -

Global Business Environment and Functions (40 Credits)

This module introduces you to the global forces shaping international business and takes into account the macro business environments of different countries and regions. Broad issues such as globalisation, political systems, major world economies, the formation of trade blocks and the regulation of international trade and finance are considered. Where appropriate, module explores macro-economic theory. This module introduces you to the world of economic analysis, providing basic theoretical frameworks for the analysis of individual economic decisions as well as aggregate fluctuations in output, prices and employment. It covers selected topics in both micro and macro-economics. The module will also help you to develop an understanding of the external business environment, in terms of institutions, markets, industries and organisations. During the course of the module, you will have an opportunity to research and analyse contemporary cases that illustrate theory and concepts.

In addition, the module explores the internal functions of an organisation from silos to an integrated approach in order to explore the synergies of cross-functional teams and matrix organisational structures within the contemporary global business environment. Functions explored in detail include Accounting and Finance, Sales and Marketing, Operations, Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Information Systems. This module introduces the business functions and forms a holistic foundation in which to ground the digital marketing functions covered in further study at Stages 2 and 3.

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NX9471 -

Business Research Methods and Analysis (20 Credits)

This module introduces your learning in a research rich learning environment. It outlines the nature and value of research within organisations, and you will develop the knowledge and skills to apply a variety of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and tools to support business research and decision-making. The module is delivered using workshops, in which key knowledge will be addressed and you will be provided with the opportunity to develop your skills in conducting research and analysing data.

Within this module, you will cover a range of topics, including:

• Introduction to University learning resources
• The value of a research rich approach as a means of enhancing your learning and informing organisational and personal practice
• Using academic theory, models, principles and frameworks to help understand and inform organisational and personal practice
• Engaging with academic literature and published research outputs
• Academic Writing
• Ethics issues in research
• Qualitative research methods – interviewing and observation, analysing qualitative data
• Quantitative research methods – data collection and statistical analysis, comprising data types, sampling, questionnaire design and coding, survey dissemination, data presentation and summary, correlation and regression analysis, time series forecasting.


You will develop your understanding of research methods as a means of informing how you may conduct research within your organisation. Furthermore, you will be encouraged to consider your role as a researcher and the ethical considerations in the research process. You will develop skills regarding the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of techniques for use in modelling, analysis and interpretation of business problems. You will become aware of the role of modelling as an aid to business problem solving. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Excel as an aid to data analysis and the development of various business problem-solving models. Through addressing these themes, you will also learn the significance of research proposals as well as how to structure them.

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Customer Experience and Relationship Marketing (20 Credits)

The overall intention of this module is to encourage you to think about the relationships that companies have with their customers over a period of time, rather than view each customer purchase as an individual ‘transaction’. With this in mind you will address the following themes:
• Customer Experience (CX): You will be introduced to the concept of CX: (defined as your customers’ perceptions – both conscious and subconscious – of their relationship with your brand resulting from all their interactions with your brand during the customer life cycle).
• Service Design: Using principles of lean systems, you will appreciate how organisations design systems to add value to the customer experience.
• Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty: You will consider how customer satisfaction is defined and measured in practice, and also reflect on the relationship between satisfaction and customer loyalty (incorporating the use of loyalty schemes). This will include appreciating relevant metrics (satisfaction, retention, and other models such as ‘recency frequency value’).
• Customer Feedback and Complaint Handling: You will consider how organisations should respond to negative scenarios with a view to retaining customers and limiting reputational damage.
• Relationship Marketing: Much of the module content stems from the overarching principle of Relationship Marketing, and you will be encouraged to critically explore this area of literature and consider the three core pillars of RM: acquisition, retention and dissolution.
• Introduction to Database Marketing: As part of understanding customer relationships, you will be introduced to the principles of using a database to manage the customer relationship.

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Digital Consumerism (20 Credits)

Many customers are increasingly multichannel in their interactions with organisations, and this module is designed to give you an oversight of how customers make decisions online as individuals and collective groups. Core themes of this module include:

- Customer Personas and Segmentation: You will consider how customers can be segmented based upon their levels of digital literacy and engagement, and also consider the technological requirements of different generational groups (such as millennials versus generation Z). From here you will develop skills in creating customer personas as a tool to aid marketing decision making.
- Consumer Decision Making: understanding how consumers choose between brand offerings, and specifically how their use of digital channels has changed their consumer behaviour.
- Journey Mapping: You will gain an appreciation of how consumers make decisions as they progress through their everyday lives, what influences these decisions and the critical company-consumer touch points.
- Virtual Brand Communities: Many online organisations attempt to create online communities where users contribute towards co-creation of new products, advocate the brand or engage in various engagement strategies (such as gamification). You will also consider how digital channels have given consumers increased voice and influence in the marketplace and the growth of brand activism.
- Social Consequences of Digitisation: You will also consider some of the negative consequences of consumer engagement with online channels, including social media and screen addiction, fake reviews, abusive / harmful behaviour and security / privacy issues.

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Marketing Research and Planning (20 Credits)

This module helps you develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of ‘Marketing Research’ and ‘Marketing Planning’. Specifically, you will gain an understanding about how marketing planning and research can assist marketers, managers, and entrepreneurs to achieve competitive advantages and marketing objectives. You will develop your ability to interpret and analyse secondary and primary data that can aid future marketing decisions.
The module covers the following content.
1. Principles and different types of marketing research (including secondary and primary research, qualitative and quantitative methods);
2. Fundamentals of marketing planning;
3. Core components of the marketing mix;
4. Marketing plan implementation and control.

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Social Media and Mobile Marketing (20 Credits)

This is a 40-credit core module running in the second year of your Digital Marketer Degree Apprenticeship.

Social media and web 2.0 software applications such as social networking tools, wikis, blogs, video sharing sites and other collaborative software have had a considerable impact upon how organisations and consumers interact. The aim of the module is to explore the various ways in which social media is used in marketing, advertising and branding, and how the pervasiveness of mobile technology has played a pivotal role in the rise of social media.

Social media is seen as a key channel in integrated marketing communications, and a firm’s use of social media now has significant impact on the effectiveness of most marketing campaigns and branding strategies. The module will consider the various marketing strategies and techniques used on social media; explore basic methods of analysis in monitoring social media, consider a number of case studies in which social media have been used and examine the effectiveness and limitations (including legal and ethical issues) of social media and engagement.

Students will produce a detailed plan for the use of social media in a branding or advertising campaign including the production of exemplar material for use in a campaign.

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Web Design for Marketers (20 Credits)

An organisation’s website and emails remain two of the most important aspects of how a company presents itself to the outside world. In this module, you will explore how websites and emails are constructed and develop an appreciation of design principles.
The module is composed of three themes:
• Principles of Design: Web design is a constantly evolving subject. New devices and methods of browsing can change the landscape of the internet and how people consume websites and emails. You will explore core design ideas which can be used to create functional, responsive and user focused designs for both websites and email marketing campaigns across devices. You will also look at the role of web standards and their importance.

• Building Blocks of the Web: There are many different technologies which are at play in the internet. However an organisation choices to build their website or whichever platform they use to send marketing emails, their solution will make use of two fundamental web technologies - HTML and CSS. Here you will learn how to write HTML and CSS and how these two technologies work together to layout and structure the content of a web page.

• Designing Compelling Emails: Email marketing continues to remain a fundamental part of most companies digital market strategy. This section will introduce you to practical techniques of using the technologies explored elsewhere. You will learn how to create email designs which scale elegantly to different devices and be introduced to platforms which can send marketing emails.

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Digital Marketing Professional Development 2 (20 Credits)

You will learn through tutor facilitated workshops, skills practice, tutor guidance and feedback and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the programme to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. You are encouraged to customise your individual portfolio so that it is directly relevant to what you need to learn, apply and evidence. The workplace provides a rich learning environment if you know how to plan, reflect and renew your own knowledge and skills through formal and informal modes of learning in practice. Importantly you will be required to review your learning and evidence with your workplace mentor and your individual coach on a regular basis, and provide evidence of the transfer of your learning into updating the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes that underpin the development of your professional practice. Therefore, it is the evidence of how you have applied learning to improve your own practice in the workplace, which will demonstrate your competence in this module. This portfolio will enable you to demonstrate how you have applied your learning from across all modules into your workplace practice. You will be building a portfolio of evidence that illustrates your development as a Digital Marketingspecialist throughout the whole programme.

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Project Management (20 Credits)

From both a practical and theoretical view, you will learn to think about what project management means, the process of project management and how to manage projects by using a number of professional project management methods such as project charters, benefits realisation, work-breakdown structures, and scheduling techniques. Within this module the main topics covered (incorporating the knowledge areas outlined by the globally recognised ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ PMBOK®) include:

• Identifying project requirements
• Addressing the various needs and expectations of the relevant social groups as a project is planned and carried out
• Setting and maintaining active communication with relevant social groups
• Sustainable project management and addressing competing project constraints such as scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risk.

The module will develop your professional skills and confidence in managing projects using various techniques and drawing on your academic study of contemporary project management literature. You will explore a range of approaches plus alternative views in order to challenge assumptions and identify ways to make project management more meaningful and sustainable. You will become aware of the role of professional techniques and methodologies as an aid to managing projects. Alongside this practical learning, you will develop critical understanding of the importance of integrating social and ethical criteria into project planning and operation.

On completing the module, you will be able to utilise appropriate professional project management techniques. You will have developed a blend of technical skills with reflective, social knowledge to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module.

Completion of the module also provides eligibility for entrance to the ‘Certified Associate of Project Management’ examination. This is a credential offered by the globally recognised Project Management Institute provided the candidate has at least 24 hours of formal project management education.

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Digital Campaign Management (20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide students with an overview of managing a digital marketing campaign alongside opportunities to utilise a range of digital media. At heart of the module is digital campaign management, which is continually evolving due to consumers’ digital media uses, offering interactive opportunities for businesses to communicate.

The module will cover the following themes:

• Campaign Management: understanding the fundamentals of campaign management and specifically from a digital perspective and how the evolving digital media can be utilised in deploying a digital campaign.

• Content Management: an appreciation of delivering content through a variety of digital platforms; website, mobile, social media and email.

• User Experience: investigating what constitutes for a positive user experience through digital platforms, and how this will manifest itself on different platforms.

• Social Media Marketing: explore social media campaigns and appreciate what influences successful campaigns and their implementation.

• Mobile Marketing: investigate the growing importance mobile marketing plays within a digital campaign and its role within the customer journey.

• Email Marketing: investigate strategies for email marketing and its ability to forge customer relationships, due to its personalise nature and its target approach.

• Affiliated: appreciation of the role of affiliation marketing and how it can be used as part of relationship with external suppliers to drive traffic through SEO, PPC, email marketing, display advertising.

• Measurement: understand methods of measuring campaigns in order to value and judge success, allowing for development within future campaigns.

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Strategic Marketing in the Digital Era (20 Credits)

This module will extend your knowledge and understanding of (digital) marketing concepts acquired from your previous studies, and apply them in order to develop comprehensive marketing stratefies. You will learn to apply the principles and techniques of marketing strategy and incorporate digital marketing elements to help organisations achieve their objectives. You will learn to use models which help marketing managers make more informed decisions (e.g. environmental analysis, new product development and branding) and you will understand the role of digital marketers in an organisation. You will undertake analysis of complex situations via the use of case studies and learn how to present solutions through group discussions. The ability to think strategically will be expressed in the production of marketing plans that incorporate marketing and digital marketing elements.
Within this module, you will cover three main areas:

1) Designing appropriate marketing strategies:

• Assessing internal and external environments
• Developing effective marketing strategies
• New product development
• Building strong brands
• Developing relationship and sustainable marketing strategies

2) Use of Digital Marketing

• Effectively incorporating Digital Marketing in business strategies
• Developing Digital Marketing strategies for sustainable competitive advantage
• Using Digital Marketing to build brand awareness and loyalty
• Combining different Digital Marketing tools to maximise the effectiveness of our strategies

3) Implementation of strategies:

• Implementing (digital) marketing strategies
• Delivering customer value
• Marketing metrics and Key Performance Indicators

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Digital Marketing Metrics (20 Credits)

In this module, you will explore the important role of data, websites and social media platforms in an organisation’s digital marketing strategy. By doing so, you will learn the principles of traditional and digital evaluation plus the concept of social listening using big data. You will also learn about using different analytic tools which, will be used to review information for the consideration of traditional information and big data. All this will help measure the effectiveness of an organisation and its associated campaigns. Experiences that you will cover include understanding key marketing metrics, Netnography, forecasting and website Evaluation. You will appreciate application of web and social media marketing which include strategic social listening, search engine optimisation, pay per click, conversion rate optimisation.
You will also be given an introduction to Web Analytics, with particular reference to an industrial standard application (most likely Google analytics). This will cover determining how the software application works, data collection, analysis and reporting.

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Digital Marketing EPA Work-Based Project (40 Credits)

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate into a work-related issue, practicing research skills through engaging in a research project. Through studying this module you will develop a wide range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical (functional) skills. You will increase your awareness of the workplace as a learning environment and enhance your individual effectiveness and employability, whilst also contributing to the organisation’s development and effectiveness through change.

The project will draw upon your learning across the programme: to identify a business, management or leadership issue relevant to your organisation and design and conduct an appropriate investigation into this issue. The project will focus on a work-based issue and develop your skills in:

• the diagnosis of problems
• identifying project objectives
• project planning
• project management
• development of strategies to address problems
• data collection
• data analysis
• addressing ethical issues in research
• drawing supportable conclusions from data analysis
• outlining recommendations
• presentation techniques

You will be expected to demonstrate that appropriate ethical, commercial confidentiality and data protection issues are taken into consideration from an organisational, individual perspective by adhering to University Ethical Guidelines. Furthermore you will also engage in reflection on the learning derived from carrying out the project.

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