Assessment Item 3: CB Report
This report is designed to help you understand what is known in the academic literature and
business press about a chosen topic. It requires you to apply a theory, model or framework to the
consumer behaviour you are investigating and recommend some marketing strategies to address
Consumer Behaviour Topics
Two consumer behaviour topics will be specified for this assignment. You should choose one (1) of
these topics as the subject of your Consumer Behaviour Report. Details of the topics will be made
available on the unit blackboard site.
Assignment structure and requirements
For your report, you must follow the specified structure detailed below. Please use these as your
headings. The total word count for the assignment is 2250 words (+/- 10%) [excluding references
I. Context and Problem/Opportunity (~100 words)
From the topics specified, you need to select one problem or opportunity that is of interest to you
for this assignment. Briefly introduce the specific issue you are targeting and one opportunity or
problem surrounding that issue in a particular context. You should state whose perspective you
are taking (i.e. which organisation do you represent?). Your context and problem/opportunity
should illustrate a real and plausible situation that marketers face.
II. Literature Review (~700 words)
Using both academic literature and business press, synthesise the literature on your chosen topic in
your own words. What do we already know about the issue of interest? You should include AT
LEAST ten (10) references, of which AT LEAST seven (7) should be from reputable academic
Make sure you link the paragraphs together rather than discussing one paper at a time. This
literature should provide evidence for the extent of the problem/opportunity you identified in
Section I, discussthe key factors facing consumers and marketers, and analyse any marketing
strategies that have been previously used to address this problem.
III. Theory/Model/Framework (~450 words)
Choose a consumer behaviour theory or model or framework (T/M/F) and apply it to your chosen
topic. You can use a T/M/F from your textbook, but you should cite the original source of the
T/M/F in your assignment. Briefly discuss how this T/M/F can be used or applied in your topic, or
how it has been used before. Do not simply regurgitate the information from your text; incorporate
other sources (perhaps from your literature review) and be clear and concise.
Some suggested T/M/Fs are provided here, but you are free to choose another if you find one more
suitable. You may also choose a combination of T/M/Fs to analyse but space is limited. Please
remember that your selection of T/M/F is up to you. There is no “best” T/M/F. You are assessed on
your level of your understanding of your chosen T/M/F and your ability to apply it in your chosen
Theories/Models/Frameworks(T/M/Fs) – Some examples:
• Consumer Decision Process
• Theory of Planned Behaviour
• Elaboration Likelihood Model
• Motivation Theories
• Personality Dimensions
• Theories of Self
• Situational Influences
• Attitude Formation
• Many others
IV. Recommendations(~1000 words)
Recommend three tactics or strategies to tackle the problem or opportunity you have outlined. It is
suggested that you use the 4Ps of product marketing or the 7Ps of services marketing to guide your
strategies. For example, you might suggest a new or modified product (service) with one
recommendation, target improved distribution (place) with your second, and perhaps your third
recommendation could focus on a promotion, or you could offer 3 recommendations for
promotion, if appropriate.
Make sure that these tactics or strategies specifically relate to the T/M/F you have applied in
Section III and the problem you identified in Section I. You should include some evidence of your
recommendations, such as any images relating to any new goods/services you may suggest, pricing
calculations, distribution layouts or service delivery process, or creative ideas for any promotional
strategies. These may be included as an appendix (not included in word limit).
V. References (not included in word limit)
Create a reference list that correctly references all of the papers and articles you used in this
VI. Appendix (not included in word limit)
Include a maximum of two pages for an appendix with tables and/ or other supporting information.
The appendix must be concise and should provide any additional evidence to support the
Thisis the checklist for the Consumer Behaviour Report:
• Use 1.5 spacing, a readable font and 2.5cm margins.
• Provide a cover page with all personal details, including name and student number, plus
• Include your word count (for sections I to IV) on the cover page of the assignment. The 2250
word limit (+/- 10%) is for the written part of the assignment (sections I to IV).
• No introduction or conclusion section is required.
• Include a reference list that corresponds to the in-text references. Use a consistent
referencing style throughout the document (APA referencing is preferred).
• Use original sources such as journal articles and industry sources. Wikipedia and other
similar sources are not to be referenced in this assignment. Do NOT reference the lecture
• Include a maximum of two pages for an appendix with tables and/ or other supporting
• Submit electronically to Turnitin by 11:59 pm on the due date (the link will be available on
Blackboard under assessment one week before the due date).
• Back up and keep electronic copies of your assignment.