Course Title: Merchandising Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Merchandising Planning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Tallal Khan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 992 59118

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.02.04

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the theories, concepts and practice of allocating fashion and textile merchandise to appropriate retail outlets or clients. Through investigating and analysing collected retail data, you will design and develop retail strategies for fashion stores and enterprises that would contribute to corporate financial planning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply and creatively adapt a body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in Buying Management to meet cultural and social needs of the target market
  • Apply inititaive and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your study
  • Work effectively and productively as a team member in order to achieve a desired outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply financial principles of buying and selling fashion and textiles products
  • Define and identify key components of best practice in merchandise planning
  • Analyse sales data in relation to fashion and textiles merchandise
  • Plan financial strategies to support successful purchasing, sales, markdowns and stock plans for the retail environment
  • Work collabratively with other professional in a team based environment

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning through class room tutorials that will involve presentations, classroom discussions, group activities and individual tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer including books, journal articles and online resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson (Brunswick)

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  Assessment of this course will be through group assignments and individual tests.  Ongoing feedback will be provided to enable you to monitor your own performance including detailed feedback on assessed tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principals, regulations, policies and procedures.