Course Title: Fashion Retail and Merchandising Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Retail and Merchandising Management

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
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

In this course you will focus on theories and concepts related to the sourcing, buying and management of fashion and textile products in the retail market.

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
  • A broad theoretical knowledge of local and global retail business models
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your study
  • Communicate effectively to audiences about retail information for successful merchandise management and planning.
  • Work effectively and productively as a team member in order to negotiate and achiecve a desired outcome.

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

  • Determine a commercially appropriate product range for a retailer
  • Budget and plan sales for a seasonal range
  • Negotiate an agreement between buyers and suppliers for the purchase/sale of fashion products.
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals in a team-based environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in a range of activities such as presentations, discussions, case studies, role-play or group exercises.

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 may include oral presentations, range plan, financials and reflection.  You will receive feedback about your progress throughout the course from industry partners and academic staff.

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.