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Communications and Marketing

This interactive and practical course will explore key communication and marketing concepts such as brand, reputation and stakeholder engagement as applied in the modern and fast-changing world of digital marketing and communications. It will teach you how to communicate and market more effectively in a networked, digital world of multiple, global and diverse stakeholders, essential in our modern world.

You will learn about persuasive and ethical interpersonal and organisational communication, the design of effective stakeholder communication strategies and the importance of reputation management. You will be introduced to key marketing concepts to help you understand audience behaviour and the significance of brands and the development of marketing strategy. You will learn about the new digital marketing and communications ecosystem and how it has changed how we think about and deliver modern communications and marketing.

The course will be delivered by expert scholars and practitioners from the relevant fields and with industry experience using a mixture of workshops, master classes and seminars. You will acquire skills and understanding which will help you perform with greater confidence as a marketer and communicator.

This course is led and delivered by St Mary’s University and is taught at an intermediate level.


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Syllabus and Course Overview

This course will explain the principles of communication in a digital marketing, updated to include the latest developments practised by leading firms in many industries, and how they use the services available from the leading suppliers such as Google, Amazon, Adobe, Microsoft and others. The course will use as its foundation the concept of the emergence of a new digital communications and marketing ecosystem and new business models. It will identify the main elements of this new ecosystem, and how the different elements of the ecosystem are connected in different sectors and for organisations of different sizes. It will explore not only the commercial aspects of this new system, but also the ethical and public policy aspects. It will then explore how digital communicators emerge, exploiting the features and applications of this new digital world, and how they use their skills to optimise branding, public relations, reputation and sales results.

The course will feature talks by leading practitioners, from clients, digital/advertising agencies, and digital media and software firms and leading academics and conceptual thinkers in digital marketing and media.

The Topics to be covered include:

  • How communications and marketing have changed and are still changing under the impact of digitalisation and globalisation
  • Models and theories of communication, how they are applied in practice and how they are changing under the digital influence and under the influence of cultural changes and globalisation
  • Audiences and stakeholders – who they are, how they think, feel and act, their relationships with media and organisations, how they need to be influenced and how to influence them
  • Understanding the perspectives of different individuals and market segments and using understanding in all areas, from face to face, through websites, to blogs and response management
  • How behavioural economics and psychology are influencing how we think about the behaviour of stakeholders – rationality and beyond
  • How the media world and media production is changing, including the new worlds of co-creation and customer-creation, including the new messaging – picture, words, videos, blogs, vlogs and apps
  • The new digital marketing model, and how it differs from the classical textbook marketing model
  • The new digital marketing ecosystem – who are the key players and how do they work
  • The role of communications in this new ecosystem and how to determine where more and better communication is needed
  • Does design matter? And who is doing the designing?
  • Managing digital and real relationships with different stakeholders – customers, shareholders, management, workers, NGOs and government relationship management
  • The digital and technological infrastructure that supports communication
  • Making you and your company easy to find, buy from talk to, complain to, send things back to, pay, stay with
  • Decision analysis and implementation – making and implementing intelligent business decisions in a digital world, reviewing and learning from them – the new world of insight, knowledge management, analytics, testing and visualisation
  • Targeted marketing and communications – how to do it and how to capture its benefits – more from less
  • Stakeholder experience, and journeys and satisfaction; gaining cooperation from stakeholders – incentives and permissions
  • Marketing and communications planning and strategy e.g. branding, marketing mix design/delivery (product, pricing, channels, marketing communications, service), marketing, sales and service delivery e.g. contact management in every channel (including helping customers to manage themselves)
  • Relevance, contacts and metrics, campaigns, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Data, information, platforms and new business models – information platforms and the cloud; issues of data quality and protection, ethics
  • Real and digital communications and marketing processes, quality, gap analysis – how to assess an organisation’s ability and willingness to communicate and market well and where needed to move to a more digital approach; developing business cases for change

Course Aims

The course aims to apply the principles of modern communications and marketing to managing how you and your company relate to the world, but drawing on a much wider range of ideas than is usual in conventional marketing and communications courses. After taking the course, students will understand the impact of new communications, marketing and digital developments on what can be achieved professionally and in business, from a wide range of perspectives.

Students will examine how these new developments affect communications and marketing in a wide range of sectors, such as transport, retailing, packaged consumer goods, industrial engineering, financial services, media, telecommunication, electronics and other sectors.

Learning outcomes

The main learning outcome of this course is that students will become familiar with and develop the ability to confidently manage in the new world of communications and marketing.

Students will:

  • Understand the application of modern marketing and communication techniques in a wide range of business and professional situations
  • Understand how business and professional objectives can be achieved using modern communications and marketing techniques
  • Understand how new business models evolve and how they may require adoption of new communications and marketing techniques
  • Be able to apply their learning to development of professional careers and to advancing organisational performance

Course structure

For this course, there will be an average of about 4 hours of teaching per day, comprising mainly of lectures, exercises and presentations based on case studies and applications to contemporary communications and marketing problems.

The structure will be approximately 10 hours of lectures, 30 hours of presentations by practitioners of communications and marketing and 10 hours of group work supervised by lecturers and practitioners

Students will have the option of posting blogs to be reviewed by practitioners, but this will not form part of the assessment.

Course Assessment

In the third week, students will be required to produce a presentation detailing the application of their learning to a an organisation selected from a short list provided by the tutors.

Students will also be given time each day for independent study.

The presentation detailed above will be assessed for their quality, to provide the basis for compulsory, for their transcript from Warwick Summer School.


Students will be provided with a series of weblinks to follow.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to students studying any discipline at University level. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in another discipline. Students should also meet our standard entry requirements and must be aged 18 or over by the time the Summer School commences and have a good understanding of the English language.

Please note the details of the course content may be subject to change