Course Title: Fashion Buying and Merchandise Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Buying and Merchandise Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr. Carol Tan

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 1302

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Brunswick

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge:
Marketing, marketing management and implementation.


Course Description

The course will develop your knowledge of retail fashion buying encompassing theoretical models and practical applications relevant to current global practises in fashion merchandising management.

It will provide a framework to utilise creative and analytical skills in developing a retail fashion product range. Also incorporated is strategic decision making in merchandising management. This will include the study and application of buying processes and selection, research and analysis, range planning, promotions, retail and the product development process.

You will learn the practical challenges of the retail environment and how to incorporate the creativity of trends into fashion ranges that will eventuate into commercial success.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Not applicable for option courses.


Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

CLO 1: Develop your capability to critically analyse, interpret, synthesise and manage current fashion and textiles merchandise management issues

CLO 2: Critically analyse financial data and implement merchandise formulas for effective planning.

CLO 3: Develop entrepreneurial thinking to strategically plan and manage the implementation of new directions and challenges in fashion range management.

CLO 4: Research and creatively solve problems, demonstrate expert judgement and ethical responsibility relating to the marketplace in terms of the consumer, competitors, trends and organisational objectives.

CLO 5: Master the retail buying skills of planning, sourcing and fashion merchandise selection. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course consists of lectures and tutorials. You will be engaged in interactive class activities, group discussions and class presentations.

Your learning will also be derived from your own industry research which will include contact with external organisations. Current reading and trend research will enable completion of set tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome. They are as follows:

Assessment 1: Fashion Buying Simulation (40%) (CLOs:2,3)

Assessment 2: Class Presentation (10%) (CLOs:1,3,4)

Assessment 3: Major Industry Project - 40% Business Report (4000 words) + 10% Oral Presentation (15-20 mins) (CLOs:1,2,3,4,5)

Feedback will be given on all assessment 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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