CAB290 - Introduction to Advertising Research

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Subject Title
Introduction to Advertising Research

Subject Description
In this introductory subject, students will learn the fundamentals of research and how it impacts their lives and the world of communication in which they live. They will learn basic social science research language and how and where to effectively use it in the advertising industry.  In small groups they will self-define a research project that is pertinent to their lives and in weekly incremental stages write a complete research paper.  These skills will be the backbone of an actual, client-based research campaign in CAB390.  Significant emphasis will be placed on the research steps in advertising, communication and the writing of a research paper.
The student will be introduced to the concept of the problem statement, advertising and research objectives, the publics involved, the history behind the subject matter, different qualitative and quantitative research tools, primary and secondary, and the writing of a survey.  They will learn the process of retrieving solid relevant data in order to resolve specific advertising and/or marketing communication problems. This will be achieved by understanding both the how and the why of research and how this will benefit communication goals of advertising agencies.  Implementing a focus group will be at the core of this course as well as the writing an effective survey. 

Credit Status
Creative Advertising Diploma Program Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand what role research plays in the advertising process.
  2. How advertising agencies are involved in research and why this is relevant to  everyday life.
  3. Identify and use of social science research and how and why it is relevant in the advertising industry.
  4. Understand the language of research.
  5. Be an active participant contributing effectively to the assigned tasks and the process of group work in order to achieve advertising goals.
  6. Understand the nature of the research data and how it is found, generated and used by advertising.
  7. How to write a research paper from problem statement to conclusion.
  8. How and why advertisers effectively use this research in their strategic campaigns.
  9. Understand the purpose of, and effectively meet all deadlines and project requirements.
  10. Be fully prepared for a client-based research campaign in CAB 390.
  11. Be an active participant contributing effectively to the assigned tasks and the process of group work within in-class and/or workshop exercises for evaluation.
  12. Understand the purpose of, and effectively meet all deadlines and project requirements.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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