Marketing Communication
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-CIWB153-IBC
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Communication and Information Studies;
dr. S. Sadowski
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Sadowski
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Sadowski
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Sadowski
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
PER 1-PER 2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts, 25 students from other faculties and to 30 exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of the course, students can:
  • Name, describe and recognise the role of communication in the marketing process;
  • Name, describe and recognise the principal forms and strategies of marketing communication;
  • Name, describe and recognise relevant theories, models, and research findings about the impact of marketing communication on consumer cognitions, attitudes and behaviour;
  • Critically reflect on their knowledge about the topics above and apply this knowledge to design, analyse, and evaluate marketing communication activities.
Organisations functionally employ communication to stimulate the sales of products or services among specific target groups. In this course, the student will become acquainted with the basic principles of marketing communication. Central themes in this course are the various communication strategies and manifestations of marketing communication (such as advertisements, branding, public relations, electronic word-of-mouth) used by (profit and non-profit) organisations to positively influence the mind-set of consumers with regard to their product(s), service(s), or brand(s). The course will offer students insights into theories and models of consumer behaviour and the way communication can be used to (subconsciously) influence attitudes and behaviour. In addition, the course will discuss the active role of the consumer in social media marketing besides traditional marketing communication media.
To be successful in this course, students need to pass a written exam and a written group assignment. Both the written exam and the group assignment will test lower level skills (knowledge, understanding, application of course materials) as well as probe higher level skills (analyse and evaluate campaigns based on the principles learned).  
Presumed foreknowledge
Accessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts. Accessible to students from other faculties (Max. 25 students) and to exchange students (Max. 30 students).

Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

This course covers the basics of marketing communication and requires no prior knowledge or skills in the marketing field. 
Test information


Required materials
Title:Marketing communications: A European perspective.
Author:De Pelsmacker, P., Geuens, M., & Van den Bergh, J.
Publisher:Ed. Pearson Education. (2017)
Enkele aanvullende teksten, zie Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Group assignment
Test weight40
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade

Written exam
Test weight60
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade

Note to exchange students: it is not possible to take the written exam at a different time or place.