Course Title: Merchandising Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Merchandising Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Katrina Rose

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9138

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

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

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1.Apply and creatively adapt a body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in sourcing requirements to meet cultural and social needs of the target market

5.Analyse and interpret data to communicate effectively in roles of buyers, allocators and planners.

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

1.  Use financial principles of buying and selling to demonstrate an understanding of retail sales and stock data 2.  Analyse and assess financial data to forecast future business performance 3.  Apply and justify decision making strategies to support successful financial outcomes

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 learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include oral presentations, quizzes, assignments, project reports and examination. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

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. Please see the assessment type and weighting allocated to each assessment task for the course.

 Test 1  Budgeting   1,2,3  30%
 Test 2  Re-planning  1,2,3  35%
 Test 3  Managing End of Season  1,2,3  35%

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 Equitable Learning Services (ELS) if you would like to find out more.