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Consumer Behaviour

About the course

Drawing heavily from the fields of psychology, anthropology and economics; the concepts of Consumer Behaviour puts forth the decision-making processes of buyers, both individually and in groups.  It studies the decision-making parameters at both individual as well as group levels as endeavors to understand the consumer preferences and choice heuristics. The course will also bring forth the parameters, process and conflicts while considering family as decision-making unit. The course will sensitize the participants about how the aforesaid concepts will help them in designing appropriate marketing mix and the overall marketing strategy.

Industries that will recognize this course

Marketing Department of the companies dealing in B2C and B2B markets

Course instructor

Srabanti Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. She holds a PhD degree from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology Shibpur, India. Prior to joining this Institute she has taught in several premiere institutes including Indian Institute of Management Indore, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, IIEST Shibpur and Visva Bharti University. Her key teaching interests are consumer behaviour, marketing to the bottom of the pyramid, and advanced marketing research. She has authored a book titled Consumer Behaviour, Cengage Learning India Pvt. Ltd. Apart from publishing quite a few papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, she has also registered business cases in Ivey Publishing portal co-distributed through Harvard Business School Publishing.


Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Consumer Behaviour, The Changing Patterns of Consumer Behaviour, Use of Market , Segmentation in Consumer Behaviour, Dimensions of Consumerism, Process of Motivation

Week 2: Theories of Motivation-1, Theories of Motivation-2, Consumer Involvement, Case study on Motivation and Involvement, Consumer perception and imagery

Week 3: Case Study on Consumer Perception formation, Theories of Personality, Self-Concept, Learning theories,  Case Study on Consumer Learning Process

Week 4: Attitude Formation-1, Attitude Formation-2, Changing Attitude, Attitude Formation, Case Study on Consumer, Consumers’ Value

Week 5: AIO classification of Lifestyle, VALSTM Typology,  Application of Lifestyle in Marketing, Culture and subculture, Group as a determinant of buyer behaviour

Week 6: Celebrities as Reference group, Concept of family and family life-cycle, Family Buying Decisions,  Case Study on Family Buying Decisions, Diffusion of Innovation

Week 7: Opinion Leadership Types of Consumer Buying Behaviour, Black-Box Model, Modelling Buyer Behaviour-1, Modelling Buyer Behaviour-2

Week 8: Modelling Buyer Behaviour-3, Modelling Industrial buyer Behaviour-1,Modelling Industrial buyer Behaviour-2, Dimensions of Consumer Research, Course Wrap up


Certification exam:

• The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 26 March, 2017

• Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm

• Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.

• Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.

• The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


• Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.

• 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments.

• E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT KHARAGPUR. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.