RMIT Vietnam Program Development Fund 2012

Summary of projects

Project title

Introduction of BP212 Bachelor Applied Science (Fashion & Textile Merchandising) into RMIT Vietnam

Project leader

Kent Williamson

Project team

  • Grant Emerson
  • Christine Clark
  • Yuping Li
  • Ian Fisher
  • Katrina Rose
  • Glenda McNeill
  • Angelo Pantalone
  • Amanpreet Singh
  • Beverly Chanmbers
  • Ben Stranieri
  • Melina Silva

Project summary

Introducing Fashion and Textiles Merchandising into Vietnam was considered to be strategically important and consistent with both the RMIT University 2011-15 Strategic Plan and the RMIT Vietnam Business Plan. The business case developed by RMIT Vietnam highlighted that there are no undergraduate merchandising programs on offer in Vietnam. The business case also showed that an undergraduate program was more suited to the local market than a combined associate degree and undergrad program as is delivered in Melbourne. The need to redevelop the Associate Degree component of the Fashion and Textiles Merchandising program to AQF level 7 led to the successful application for funding from the RMIT Vietnam Development Fund.

The team reviewed the Associate Degree course guides and rewrote them to reflect the knowledge, skills, and application of knowledge and skills required for AQF level 7 programs. The Associate Degree is delivered in 16 week semesters while undergraduate programs have 12 week semesters therefore teaching and assessment materials for each course were reviewed and restructured to AQF level 7 and to fit within the academic semester. As each course was revised support materials were developed for Blackboard. RMIT Vietnam operates on an earlier version of Blackboard and so the team worked with the Vietnam IT staff to progressively format and upload the student support and course materials. RMIT Vietnam has a three semester year and this drove the need to complete the program redevelopment in a short period of time. Effectively this meant that Fashion and Textiles staff needed to have substantially redeveloped the four semester associate degree by the end of 2012.

The program was successfully launched in Vietnam in October 2012.

Outcomes

The outcomes of the project were as follows:

  • The program received approval at bachelor level
  • Each course in the Associate Degree was redeveloped to AQF level 7
  • Each Associate Degree course was formatted for 12 week delivery
  • Teaching and support materials for each course were set up on the Vietnam Blackboard
  • Course assessment was aligned to AQF 7
  • Development of intensive teaching modes for selected courses to suit Fly in Fly out teaching

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