Module Catalogue 2024/25

MKT2008 : Services Marketing

MKT2008 : Services Marketing

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Josephine Go Jefferies
  • Lecturer: Mr Kirk Dodds
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
MKT1002Introduction to Marketing
Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



The conventional 4Ps of the marketing mix are extended to 7Ps of the services marketing mix. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the practical application of the service mix in relation to a variety of service markets, both in the UK and globally.
To develop an understanding of the nature of services and practical issues relating to them. To begin to think independently and critically when considering reading material.
To understand the theoretical importance of service marketing.
The module will incorporate use of lectures and seminars to deliver key aspects of theory which will make use of core texts, journal articles and other relevant materials.
The lectures will provide students with an opportunity to learn by interacting with academic teaching staff, industry guests and student peers alike.

Outline Of Syllabus

–       Introduction to module and Overview of Service Marketing
–       Service Design and NSD
–       Service Offering
–       Managing Firms Physical Evidence
–       Value Creation
–       Service Delivery Process
–       Service Encounter

–       Service Strategy: Managing the Service Experience
–       Ethical Issues in Service Marketing
–       Managing Service Employees and Customer Relationship Management
–       Assessing and Improving Service Delivery
–       Service Quality and Consumer Satisfaction
–       Service Failure and Recovery Strategies
–       Review

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module I will be able to:
1. Appreciate and understand the importance of services and service marketing in the marketing environment
2. Describe and discuss the main elements of service marketing and their relevance in specific businesses and industries
3. Appreciate the issues involved in internal and external management of service marketing

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module I should have developed core skills as below: Demonstrate critical analysis skills leading to theory and research informed decisions in current and future marketing situations that will lead to effective decision making; Develop the resilience to work effectively either independently or within cross-cultural groups, synthesising solutions based on their different thinking, experience and skills to address unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts utilising their time management skills; Produce and present findings derived from information collected from different sources in written work and oral presentations in a professional style

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework and assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00PIP lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading167:0067:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PIP Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MKT2045Services Marketing (Semester 2) for Erasmus / Study Abroad Students
MKT2044Services Marketing (Semester 1) for Erasmus / Study Abroad Students
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

During lectures, students will gain the basic theory and develop the knowledge required to appreciate and understand the main elements of Service Marketing

Case studies will also provide additional support and expand practical issues involved with implication and management of Service Marketing.

Seminars will enable students to develop their depth of understanding and appreciation of practical issues involved in Service Marketing. Teamwork and Oral Presentation will be used as a platform for students to demonstrate their critical thinking skills by analysing Service Marketing research based around specific topics covered during lectures. This will be facilitated by being introduced to and having practiced other key skills:- planning and organising, initiative, problem solving and computer and information literacy. Students will also be provided with more detail on good presentation skills by providing examples of both good and bad techniques, which students will analyse.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Services Marketing (Semester 2) for Erasmus / Study Abroad Students2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 words
Essay2M502000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MUse of tech-enabled learning e.g. Canvas moderated Discussion Boards
Computer assessment2MUse of tech-enabled learning, e.g. Canvas moderated Discussion Boards
Aural Examination1MIn-seminar small group presentations
Aural Examination2MIn-seminar small group presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses students' knowledge and understanding of a wide range of services, marketing concepts and theories. The essay also assesses the students' critical thinking, awareness of the global business environment, and their logical use of academic literature sources to make a persuasive argument.

Written communication will be assessed via the written assessment; interpersonal, oral presentation and planning and organising skills will be introduced, practised and assessed during seminars and during seminar presentations; Planning and organising will also be practised and assessed during seminar presentations, students’ group study and private study; Information literacy will be introduced and practised in lectures and seminars and assessed during the assignment; problem solving and initiative will be introduced and practised during lectures and seminars; adaptability will be introduced into seminars and can be used in student private study time to read around the subject; numeracy will not be included in module skills; computer literacy will be introduced and practised during seminars and private study.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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