Curriculum Guideline

Business Marketing

Effective Date:
Course Code
MARK 3490
Business Marketing
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 Hours Seminar: 2 Hours Total: 4 Hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, videos and readings will be used to introduce specific areas of study and to provide background information.  Case studies will constitute the framework and focus of much of the course.  Guest lecturers from the business marketing field will complement the class sessions where possible.

Course Description
Firms that operate in the business to business marketplace are increasingly recognizing the importance of marketing’s role and contribution as a critical aspect of their operation, to help them achieve their goals. The business marketing world differs in many ways from the consumer world, and company competitiveness and reputation in the business to business marketplace are usually a direct result of their marketing competence. This course provides the knowledge and understanding of key business to business (B2B) marketing principles and processes, and the methodology of applying the marketing drivers.
Course Content
  • Understanding the business to business market, and distinguishing it from the consumer market
  • The business to business market – understanding it, looking at different industries and their distinguishing characteristics, and measuring its size and potential
  • Competitive landscape, market position of competitors, creating a viable market position and niche for the firm
  • Segmenting a business to business market, and targeting and positioning for success
  • Effective product and service marketing
  • Establishing and managing business relationships
  • Business marketing strategy and planning
  • Promotion and marketing communications
  • Personal selling and relationship building; the importance of personal selling in the promotional mix
  • Marketing as a key part of company vision and goals
Learning Outcomes

This course focuses on developing in students a thorough understanding of what business marketing is, and introducing them to current best practices, along with the key tools, techniques and considerations that are used.  At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. understand and apply the basic concepts and principles of B2B marketing.
  2. perform segmentation of B2B  marketplaces, and select optimal target markets.
  3. develop tools to understand business, industrial and not-for-profit markets and their customers.
  4. explain the management of business products, services and distribution channels.
  5. develop the elements of the business marketing mix.
  6. identify current trends and developments in B2B marketing.
  7. explain methods for creating marketing teams and ensuring their effectiveness.
  8. develop B2B marketing plans and strategies to improve marketing effectiveness, organization image, customer loyalty, and success.
Means of Assessment
Term tests 15-25%
Assignments, projects  20-40%
Midterm Examination 20-25%
Participation 5-10%
Final Examination 20-25%
Total  100%

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.


  1. Students must achieve a minimum average grade of 50% on all non-group evaluations to pass the course, with the 50% calculated on a weighted average basis.
  2. Students must complete all projects, assignments and write all examinations in order to be eligible for a passing grade in the course.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials to be purchased by students:

Business Marketing Management: B2B  by Hutt, Michael D. and Speh, Thomas W.  Nelson Education latest edition and/or other textbook(s) and/or other materials as approved by the Department