90840 - Corporate Communication

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course provides a comprehensive overview of advertising and promotion. It creates a clear understanding of traditional advertising and promotional tools, and shows how other key elements within the marketing communications mix ( e.g., advertising, direct marketing, promotion and the Internet) can be integrated.

Course contents

The course is divided in two modules. In the first module, students are instructed about the relevant theories and the tools that are useful to develop an effective communication and advertising plan. Example about real offline and online advertising complement the issues that are discussed in class.

In the second module, students are asked to apply this knowledge to a concrete activity. More precisely, students are asked to develop a communication project for a real company. They are asked to analyze the company strategy, to set communication objectives, to develop the creative content and to select the right media plan.

At at general level, the course deal with the following topics:

- Communication objectives
- The elaboration likelihood model
- The copy strategy
- The communication budget
- Media Planning
- Communication for Customer Engagement
- Communication on Social Media 
- Communication though Influencers 

- Advertising effectiveness

The Teaching Assistant for this course is Ms. Marina Berton - marina.berton@unibo.it


Classes are held during the months of September - October (first module) and November- December (second module)


First module:

Collection of selected readings extracted from italian and english textbooks available at "Asterisco" Via Belle Arti 35 (next to the Bigiavi library) from Sept. 15th
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Second module:

a) for students who regularly attend classes there are no readings. The evaluation is based on the group work

b) for students who do not attend classes:

an excepert of the book (from chapter 4 to chapter 11)

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is available at “Asterisco”, Via Belle Arti 35

Teaching methods

First module: Interactive class teaching, videos, short case studies

Second module: Interactive class teaching, invited speakers, group work

Assessment methods

The assessment aims to ascertain two aspects of learning:

1) knowledge of concepts, theories and techniques of communication

2) the ability to apply this knowledge to a real context.

To assess the first aspect, the test consists of a written exam with open questions.

To assess the second aspect, the test involves the preparation and presentation of the group work.

First module: Written exam with open ended questions and few multiple choice questions excluding the chapters referred to the group work

Second module: presentation of the group work

For those who take the total exam or the exam for non-attending students: Written exam with open questions and few multiple choice questions on the entire program.

The overall grade is the arithmetic average of the results of the two checks.

The test assessment grid will be as follows:

· <18 insufficient

· 18-23 sufficient

· 24-27 average/good

· 28-30 very good

· 30 cum laude excellent/outstanding

Teaching tools

Case studies, examples form the business press and participants' consumption experiences

Office hours

See the website of Chiara Orsingher

See the website of Riccardo Pirazzoli


Quality education Decent work and economic growth

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.