Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Marketing
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sophie Feng


The marketing task is not complete until customers receive their goods. Distribution is the process that makes that happen. The primary aim of this unit is the development and management of distribution channels in order to meet your marketing objectives. The unit is designed to help you systematically analyse the various channel functions and strategies. Mastering the principles that will be discussed in this unit will also help you in understanding Supply Chain issues. It is important to note however, that this unit is NOT about supply chain management but rather about the role of channels as a marketing strategic element. Some topics of supply chain management of course will be discussed from a marketing perspective. In order to better understand the theory in the context of the business world actual business cases are used throughout the lectures and tutorials.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. recognise the importance of marketing channels, as a strategic element of marketing
  2. understand the elements and work flows in marketing channels
  3. appreciate the issues involved in designing and coordinating marketing channels from a channel manager's perspective
  4. explain how effective marketing channels contribute to customer value and assess the performance of channel management.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Students must have passed one of the following: MKC1200, MKF1120, MKG1120 or MKW1120 before undertaking this unit.