ormat: 12pt, Times New Roman, Word document with 1â€ margins all around
Length: 2000+ words. Remember, 2000 words is a minimum. Donâ€™t let it hold you back from writing more than thatâ€”unless you want the minimal grade. Be thorough and complete.
Your Topic: Nobodyâ€™s perfect. Nope, not even you. Identify a behavior of yours you would like to change; ideally a consumer behaviorâ€”a consumer behavior will be easier to do, but any behavior is fine.
Throughout the term you will be learning a number of concepts, theories, and techniques that can be used to change a consumerâ€™s behavior. You will devise a plan to use these concepts, theories, and techniques on yourself to change your own behavior. In your paper you will explain how those ideas will be used and demonstrate understanding, beyond memorization, by applying it to your unique situation/behavior. If you canâ€™t change yourself, how do you expect to change anyone else? Aim for 20 concepts used in some way.
An example: My topic is going to be obesity. I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of the term and 60 pounds in the next 6 months. My plan will attempt to show the ways I will change my behaviors in regards to diet and exercise.
The paper this person would then submit is about changing specific behaviorsâ€”not about diet, nutrition, and exercise. See the â€œAudience and Voiceâ€ section of Module 1a for a better understanding.
Throughout the term as we discuss Consumer Behavior you should note how various concepts can be applied to your paperâ€”how can they be used to change a consumerâ€™s behavior. Not all concepts will apply to all papers, but you should be able to find something of value each week.
An example: I recently lost a significant amount of weight and plan on losing a significant amount more. A technique Iâ€™ve used (and continue to use) is related to both social presentation and stigma. By constantly talking to people around me about this process, I have driven my commitment to lose weight so as not to fail in front of themâ€”after all, no one wants to be a failure.
By telling everyone what I was doing I am spending a form of Social Capital. This â€˜talking about the processâ€™ (and acknowledging how much I talk about the process) has had the benefit of bringing my (supportive) friends in on my side in the struggle. They know what I am doing and why. Three friends are already following in my footsteps citing my example as the reason why. This adds another layer of motivation because I donâ€™t want to let them down.
In my paper I would talk about concepts related to social presentation, motivation, stigma, and social capital. I would explain the role each concept plays in my plan/process.
Write a little bit each week and it will be done before you know it.
This can continue through and include our final Module (Innovation and Adoption)â€”though you may finish earlier. By that time you should have a nice collection of pieces applying various concepts from Consumer Behavior to your topic. Some modules will matter more than others depending on your topic so donâ€™t get frustrated if you donâ€™t find a lot of material every module
Putting it all together: Organize and edit your writing into a coherent paper. If you look in the TOOLS menu of MSWord you will see â€˜Word Countâ€™. The word count doesnâ€™t include citations if you use any outside sources (a good paper will use outside sources).
Your paper should include some kind of section headings to point out content to me and facilitate reading it. Terms that you want to emphasize should be either or highlighted.