Unit of competency details

BSBADV503B - Coordinate advertising research (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBADV503 - Coordinate advertising researchUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080507 Advertising  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080507 Advertising  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conduct primary and secondary advertising research to test advertising themes and ideas.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals working in a supervisory or management advertising role within an advertising team or media organisation.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Assess advertising research requirements

1.1. Analyse information about the consumer , the product and the market environment  to identify and justify the need for further research

1.2. Assess creative concepts to determine and justify the need for concept testing 

1.3. Assess media options and scheduling to determine and substantiate the need for media research

1.4. Identify and assess legal , ethical and cultural considerations  for advertising research to determine their impact on research methods

2. Select research method/s

2.1. Confirm research budget and timeframe in selecting appropriate research method/s

2.2. Assess the capacity of primary  and secondary research  methods to provide the required information

2.3. Select pre-test advertising method/s which are the most likely to provide the required information on time and within budget

2.4. Prepare a research brief that specifies research objectives and method/s, budget, time, schedule and reporting requirements

3. Utilise advertising research findings

3.1. Analyse research results using appropriate techniques  to identify findings  and their impact on advertising strategies , budgets and time lines

3.2. Adjust advertising strategies, budgets and time lines to reflect research findings

3.3. Revise advertising strategies to meet legal and ethical requirements , and the requirements of the advertiser

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • analytical skills to interpret data and to evaluate how the data may be used
  • literacy skills to interpret legal and ethical requirements, and to prepare research briefs and reports
  • numeracy skills to collate and analyse data
  • research and data collection skills to collect market research.

Required knowledge 

  • legal and ethical requirements affecting market research
  • organisational policy and procedures for conducting market research
  • identification and overview knowledge of key provisions of relevant legislation from all levels of government that affects business operations, codes of practice and national standards, such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • consumer protection laws
  • copyright legislation
  • ethical principles
  • fair trading laws
  • privacy laws
  • Trades Practices Act
  • requirements for time, cost, scope as determined in the advertising brief
  • range of available market research and data analysis techniques
  • statistical and research methods and techniques.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • demonstration of assessment and selection of appropriate techniques to identify advertising research requirements for at least one product or service
  • preparation of a research brief specifying objectives, methods, budget, time, schedule, reporting and human resource requirements for at least one advertising campaign.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • access to primary and secondary research information.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • assessment of written reports/examples of research briefs
  • demonstration of market research selection techniques
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • observation of presentations of market research conducted
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of organisational policy and procedures for conducting market research
  • review of adjustments to advertising strategies, budgets and time lines to reflect research findings.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • other advertising units.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Information about the consumer , the product and the market environment  may include:

  • buyer behaviour
  • competitive advantage
  • competitive factors
  • demographics
  • distribution channels
  • economic, social and cultural factors
  • existing customers and their product usage
  • pricing
  • problems and opportunities facing the product
  • product and brand image
  • product brand
  • product characteristics
  • product packaging
  • results of past advertising for the product
  • target market
  • values or attitude factors

Concept testing  may include presenting material to evaluate consumer reaction, such as:

  • a short product description
  • drawing
  • dummy advertisement

Legal , ethical and cultural considerations  may include:

  • codes of practice such as those issued by:
  • Advertising Federation of Australia
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Australian Performing Right Association
  • Commercial Radio Australia
  • Free TV Australia
  • confidentiality
  • cultural sensitivity
  • privacy

Primary research  may include carrying out original research to gather information for a specific purpose such as:

  • attitude surveys
  • experiments or market testing on a segment of the market
  • group interviews
  • indirect research such as depth or focus group interviews, projective questioning, association tests
  • interviews (face-to-face and telephone)
  • observation
  • panel research
  • questionnaires
  • quota sampling
  • retail audits to determine brand share
  • sampling
  • specialised research e.g. 'mystery shoppers'
  • surveys

Secondary research  may include:

  • data that has already been collected by external sources such as:
  • published government statistics
  • polls published by advertising and media companies
  • chamber of commerce data
  • university databases
  • data held by research organisations
  • data that has been collected by internal company sources such as:
  • sales or distribution figures
  • financial information
  • cost analyses

Appropriate techniques  may include:

  • application of statistical methods
  • critical analysis
  • mathematical calculations

Findings  may include:

  • facts
  • interrelationships
  • issues
  • patterns
  • trends

Advertising strategies  may include:

  • communication objectives
  • creative and media strategies
  • identification of advertising purpose and objectives
  • target audience strategies

Legal and ethical requirements  may include:

  • codes of practice
  • cultural expectations and influences
  • ethical principles
  • legislation
  • policies and guidelines
  • regulations
  • social responsibilities such as protection of children, environmental issues
  • societal expectations

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Business Development - Advertising

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units