Research Proposal: Initiating Research

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About this course: Market Research is a growing and important field that is used in many industries around the world. Given all the data that is collected whether by organizations, industries, social media, governments, etc., it’s important that someone can review and sift through all the noise to provide valuable insights. And that’s where you come in as a market researcher. This course will only scratch the surface and provide you a foundational understanding of this field. In this course, you will be able to define market research and identify some tools used in the industry. You will be able to discuss the importance of secondary and internal research in terms of the planning proces…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Market Research is a growing and important field that is used in many industries around the world. Given all the data that is collected whether by organizations, industries, social media, governments, etc., it’s important that someone can review and sift through all the noise to provide valuable insights. And that’s where you come in as a market researcher. This course will only scratch the surface and provide you a foundational understanding of this field. In this course, you will be able to define market research and identify some tools used in the industry. You will be able to discuss the importance of secondary and internal research in terms of the planning process. You will be able to define what primary research is and identify the various ways to conduct primary research. You will be able to focus on an actual research plan or proposal for your peer review project. You will be able to compose a response to a request for a proposal or research plan and be able to address the various components of the proposal and package it in a professional manner.

Who is this class for: The course is primarily focused on early-in-their-career marketing professionals looking to add marketing research skills to their skills profile. The course will also be of utility for learners who may do marketing research tasks as part of their jobs such as product managers, sales leaders and business developers, and entrepreneurs, or for people looking to explore marketing research as a career change option.

Created by:  University of California, Davis
  • Taught by:  Jim Fong, Director

    UPCEA Center for Research and Marketing Strategy
Basic Info Course 1 of 4 in the Market Research Specialization Level Intermediate Commitment 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. Travail en cours

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Getting Started and Introduction to Market Research



In this module, you will be able to define what market research is and identify the tools that are used. You will be able to discuss the various motivations behind a research inquiry and what goes into a market research request. You will define the services, the roles and the qualities of a market researcher. You will also be able to identify constraints to help you ask the right questions. Finally, you will be able to respond to a market research proposal.


9 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: Course Introduction
  2. Video: Survey to Build Our Database
  3. Lecture: Take the Specialization Smartphone Survey
  4. Video: Introduction to Market Research
  5. Video: Defining Market Research
  6. Demande de discussion: So, why Market Research?
  7. Lecture: Market Research Is the Answer to 'Uberization' and the Customer Challenges of the 21st Century
  8. Video: Motivation for Market Research
  9. Lecture: Why Market Research is Important
  10. Lecture: Five Reasons Why Market Research Matters (and Five Tips for Using It)
  11. Video: Requests for Market Research
  12. Video: The Services, Roles, and Qualities of a Market Researcher
  13. Video: Complexities, Constraints, and Questions to Ask
  14. Lecture: 5 Market Research Questions to Ask Your Customers
  15. Video: Planning a Response to a Market Research Inquiry
  16. Lecture: 13 Questions Every Marketing Consultant Should Ask Prospects

Graded: Module 1 Quiz

WEEK 2


Secondary and Internal Research



In this module, you will be able to recognize the importance of secondary and internal research in the planning process. You will be able to assess the value and credibility of the secondary and internal data you have at your disposal. You will also be able to identify a starting point should a new client approach you. You will recognize the pros and cons of each method of research. And you will be able to budget appropriately and decide what type of market researcher you need or want to be for a given project.


8 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Secondary and Internal Research
  2. Video: The Importance of Secondary and Internal Research
  3. Video: Secondary and Internal Research in the Planning Process
  4. Video: Starting Cold with Secondary and Internal Research
  5. Video: Pros and Cons of Secondary and Internal Research
  6. Lecture: Quirk's: Time-Saving Tips for Conducting Secondary Research
  7. Video: Three Levels of a Professional Market Researcher
  8. Video: Budget Considerations While Initiating Market Research
  9. Lecture: Quirk's: Save Money - Conduct Secondary Research
  10. Video: Developing Your Research Skills Further
  11. Demande de discussion: Compare Secondary and Internal Research
  12. Lecture: Quirk's: Meta-Analysis Offers Research on Research for MR

Graded: Module 2 Quiz

WEEK 3


Primary Research Introduction



In this module, you will be able to discuss various primary research methods for collecting data. You will be able to define what primary research is and be able to choose the appropriate method for your proposal. You will be able to consider various sampling and survey methods and even the less used observational method.


7 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Primary Research
  2. Video: Defining Primary Research
  3. Video: Sampling and a Sampling Frame
  4. Demande de discussion: Sampling Frame
  5. Video: Deciding on the Kind of Sampling and How Many to Sample
  6. Lecture: Quirk's: What Everyone Needs to Know About Sampling
  7. Video: Observational Research
  8. Demande de discussion: Observational Research
  9. Lecture: Quirk's: Forget Exact Science: Drawing Conclusions from Observational Research
  10. Video: Surveys
  11. Video: Methods and Tools in Qualitative Research

Graded: Module 3 Quiz

WEEK 4


Research Plan or Proposal



In this module, you will be able to write a research proposal for a client. You will be able to recognize and take action when a proposal has been requested. You will be able to collect and compose the necessary proposal requirements and be able to professionally package your proposal. You will be able to apply strategies on how to follow-up with a client about your proposal and be able to take action when you are awarded the bid.


8 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Market Research Plan or Proposal
  2. Video: How a Research Plan or Proposal Might be Presented
  3. Video: Components of a Research Plan or Proposal (Part 1)
  4. Video: Components of a Research Plan or Proposal (Part 2)
  5. Video: Packaging the Research Plan or Proposal
  6. Video: How to Follow Up with Your Client
  7. Demande de discussion: Following Up on a Loss
  8. Video: You Won the Project, Now What?
  9. Lecture: Six Keys to Writing a Great Proposal
  10. Video: Course Summary

Graded: Module 4 Quiz
Graded: Project Proposal and Communications
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