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PRK 3676 Bachelor thesis in Campaign Planning

APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017
Norwegian version

PRK 3676 Bachelor thesis in Campaign Planning


Responsible for the course
Tor Bang

Department
Department of Communication and Culture

Term
According to study plan

ECTS Credits
15

Language of instruction
Norwegian

Introduction
The thesis in PR and Marketing Communication is the capstone course in the Public Relations and Marketing Communication sequence. The thesis is a substantial professional thesis that consists of designing a comprehensive communications campaign for a real-life client based on the scientific approach that ensures informed decision-making grounded in empirical research. The thesis employs a theory to practice model and places emphasis on applied research. Students will be challenged to produce a product that could compete with that of a full-time experienced communication professional. Students will learn the communication planning process, and they will be called on to recall and apply what they have learned in all their previous classes.

Learning outcome
Acquired Knowledge
When finished with this course students will be able to demonstrate an ability to do original research specific for creating an integrated communications campaign that is designed either to inform, influence attitudes or to achieve a desired behavior.

Acquired Skills
Students will:

  • Be able to choose and use appropriate basic analytical tools for professional projects
  • Be able to integrate theory with practice .
  • Develop research skills in the context of a communication campaign.
  • Be able to master independent learning.
  • Develop knowledge of campaign planning and implementation.
  • Be engaged in informed critical and creative thinking.

Reflection
Students will understand that writing a successful dissertation can be challenging but at the same time it can also be a way for students to get deeper insight into applied research and bridge the gap between theory and practice.


Prerequisites
Students must have taken all program courses in the PR and Marketing Communication Bachelor's program. Students must also have taken the courses in statistics and methodology.

Compulsory reading
Books:
Smith, Ronald D. 2013. Strategic planning for public relations. 4th. Routledge

Recommended reading
Books:
Ruler, Betteke van, Ana Tkalac Verčič, Dejan Verčič, eds. 2007. Public relations metrics : research and evaluation. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group
Stacks, Don W. and David Michaelson. 2011. A practitioner's guide to public relations research, measurement and evaluation. Business expert press


Course outline

  • Literary review
  • Backgorund
  • Situation analysis
  • Strategy: goals and objectives
  • Big ideas and creativity
  • Key publics
  • Messages, strategy and tactics
  • Calendaring and budgeting
  • Implementation
  • Communications measurement and evaluation

Computer-based tools
Statistical program such as JMPand any other tools necessary for doing qualitative or quantitative analyses.

Learning process and workload
Students will work in groups of 3 to research and plan a communication strategy. Students who can not find a group will be assigned to a group by the lecturer. Students who write a thesis together must be in the same program. Aformal presentation of the campaign to the client may also be requested. Clients may be chosen by the students themselves or from a list compiled by the course faculty. All clients must be approved by the faculty responsible for the course.
Students must have permission from the lecturer to work alone or in groups of less than three.

Advisers will be assigned to the students by the faculty responsible for the course. Students will receive 24 hours lecture on the campaign process and communication research methodologies. See also guidelines for writing a bachelor thesis.

In addition, they receive 8 hours group advising (seminars) with their thesis advisor. Oral presentations are included as part of the seminars. Students are also entitled to maximum 3 hours of personal guidance per thesis. The student is responsible for contacting the advisor for personal guidance.

Guidance is given during the regular thesis term.


Recommended use of hours for students:

Activity Hours
Participation in introductory lecture
24
Participation in library information
2
Prepare for seminars
40
Prepare for part-deliverables during the semester
80
Participation in seminars 4 x 2 hours
8
Work with project
243
Individual advising
3
Recommended use of hours
400



    Examination
    Bachelor thesis to be submitted by a given deadline. Students who not have participated in the seminars can be called to do an oral presentation of the completed thesis.
    Examination code(s)
    PRK 36761 - Bachelor thesis, counts 100 % of the grade in course PRK 3676 Bachelor thesis in Campaign Planning, 15 ECTS credits.

    Examination support materials
    All support materials allowed.

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit is possible in connection with the next ordinary course.

    Additional information