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Marketing Essentials for Employment Supports Specialty

Course Code: MARK 3220
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Marketing
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces the student to the major concepts involved in the marketing and sales functions. The course addresses the role of marketing in the non-profit sector and explores the tools and techniques used in developing a marketing strategy, as well as a successful sales process. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the elements of the marketing mix – product, price, place and promotion, and current marketing issues. In addition, the course focuses on theoretical and practical techniques used in selling goods and services in a professional environment. Emphasis is given to developing practical marketing skills, and developing long term business relationships. Attention is devoted to the art of persuasion as a life-skill, and the importance of ethical behaviour is emphasized.

Course Content

  1. The Marketing Process: what marketing means, its functions and importance.
  2. The Marketing Environment: competitive, regulatory, technological, social, demographic and economic environments.
  3. Consumer Behaviour: factors affecting the purchasing behaviour of consumers, both organizational and individual.
  4. Market Segmentation: Benefits and uses, and geographic, demographic, psychographic and behavioural factors.
  5. Product Strategy: what constitutes a product, product features and benefits, positioning and services marketing.
  6. Business Marketing: the similarities and differences between consumer and business marketing, marketing to business and organizational markets.
  7. Pricing Strategy: the concept of value.
  8. Promotional Strategy: the importance of the promotional mix: advertising, sales promotion, publicity, direct marketing, e-marketing and personal selling strategies and tactics.
  9. Communication styles: Recognizing and addressing various styles.
  10. Product presentation strategies: features and benefits and effective communicating.
  11. Prospecting and preparing the pre-approach to a sales call.
  12. Planning and executing the presentation, including demonstration and handling objections.
  13. Closing and servicing the sale.
  14. Building professional relationships. The importance of relationship building and integrity in relationship selling.
  15. Customer Relationship Management and employing of technology for increased effectiveness.

Methods of Instruction


Means of Assessment

Tests and Quizzes  (4 or more)  40-60%
Interactive Presentations    10-20%
Cases/Assignments (3 or more)  30-40%
Total 100%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Explain the evolving role, functions and importance of marketing and sales in our economy and society
  2. Describe the role, function and activities of sales and marketing within the framework of the non-profit agency
  3. Explain the influences affecting consumer behaviour
  4. Prepare a basic market segmentation
  5. Explain the functions of product, price and promotion and their inter-relationships within an integrated marketing program
  6. Apply effective techniques in developing and qualifying sales leads
  7. Demonstrate preparation and persuasive techniques in sales presentations, including the ability to deal with objections to advance the sale, and close the sale
  8. Develop a plan to follow-up and service the business relationship
  9. Justify the importance of ethical behaviour in business relationships
  10. Defend the role of the sales process as a life-skill
  11. Prepare a basic marketing strategy

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.