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MKTG205-1204B-10 Principles of Marketing
Assignment Name: Unit 3 Discussion Board
Deliverable Length: 4-5 paragraphs

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each week.

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This week we begin to focus on the marketing mix, and marketing mix planning begins with developing an offer that brings value to customers. At the heart of this offer is your product/service.  

Main Discussion Post: Due by Sunday

Using the product/service chosen in Unit 1 and the marketing strategy you developed in Unit 2 complete the following: 

  • Identify the type of product/service (convenience, shopping, specialty, unsought), and explain in your own words what marketing considerations need to be made for your product/service based on this product classification.  
  • Determine the most important decisions you will make in developing your product/service compared to your competition (product attributes, branding, packaging, labeling, product support services). Explain how this supports your marketing strategy.  

Your main post on the discussion must be submitted by Sunday.  The post should be 2-3 paragraphs in length (or at least 250 words)

Interactive Responses: Due by Sunday

Please respond to at least two other student postings by addressing the following:

  • Do you agree with the product classification? Why or why not?
  • Analyze how the product/service attributes identified by the student can differentiate the product/service from competition. 

Your replies to at least two other student posts must be submitted by Sunday. Each post should be 1 paragraph in length (or at least 75 words) 

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality and interactivity of your postings. If you complete all of your posts at one time, your participation will not be considered interactive.  Use of unoriginal text and excessive quotes indicates a lack of comprehension and shows that you may not have mastered the concepts.

Grading Criteria  
MAIN POST: Product Type Identification & marketing considerations 15
MAIN POST: Discussion of product development decisions 15

MAIN POST: Analysis of how attributes support marketing strategy


Response #1: Critique of Post (Analysis of Product Classification and differentiation strategy that displayed mastery of concepts) Completed in an Interactive Manner


Response #2: Critique of Post (Analysis of Product Classification and differentiation strategy that displayed mastery of concepts) Completed in an Interactive Manner


Grade for Unit 3 Discussion Board

Grading will be based on Content, Application, Research, Mechanics (APA format, spelling grammar, punctuation) and Style – (Organization, readability, using your own words).Please click here to view MKTG205 Grading Rubric. This rubric is a guide on how to earn points.


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