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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr. Murray Rees

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

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

This 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

As this is an option course, only Course Learning Outcomes apply. 


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

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities promote your ability to enquire, investigate, analyse and solve fashion entrepreneurship problems.  


Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Continuous course assessment will consist of three summative assessments. The details of assessments will be given to you at the start of the course. Information about performance standards required for each assessment task are detailed in the assignment area of Canvas.
Assessment Tasks:
Assessment Task 1: Fashion Buying Simulation (40%), CLOs:2 & 3
Assessment Task 2: Class activities and lecture quiz 20%)  CLOs:1,2,3,4,5  
Assessment 3: Major Ranging Project (40% report + presentation)  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.