Course Title: Fashion Retail and Merchandising Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Retail and Merchandising Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
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:

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 for the retail market. You will develop a greater understanding of the different market segments both locally and globally, their strategies and the constantly changing market place. With this knowledge you will develop the ability to use product ranges within the financial or space constraints with different retailers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

2.A broad theoretical and technological knowledge of current business and professional practices leading to marketing and merchandising fashion products both locally and globally

3.Investigate, analyse and interpret trends on design, materials and trims in fashion and related industry either locally or globally

4.Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your study to demonstrate personal and professional attributes to be work ready

5.Analyse and interpret data to communicate effectively in roles of Buyers, Allocators and Planners

8.Gather, analyse and interpret data to develop fashion and related products and present to peers or potential clients.

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

  1. Use basic Buying Management methods to meet the needs of a simulated retail market 
  2. Evaluate relevant data in order to determine a suitable assortment of merchandise
  3. Analyse, critique and reflect on the assortment plan and communicate your findings
  4. Work effectively and productively as a team member in order to negotiate and achieve a desired outcome

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in a range of activities such as presentations, discussions, case studies 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 web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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.

Watch this short video on Getting started with fashion and textiles library resources

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.  

Assessment Task 1: Buying Plan - 45%  CLO 1,2,3,4

Assessment Task 2: Costing the Assortment -  15%  CLO 1,2

Assessment Task 3: Negotiate with a supplier -  20%  CLO 1,2,4

Assessment Task 4: Advanced Excel Quizzes -  20%  CLO 2,3

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 adjust aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: