Course Title: Introduction to Fashion Retailing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Fashion Retailing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020


RMIT University Vietnam


350H Fashion & Textiles


Viet2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Tarun Panwar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9223

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B511 F01 R001

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the fashion retailing sector with an overview of local and global brands. You will examine types of retail formats and ownership models and the different ways in which retailers can be classified. You will examine what services retailers offer and the specific functions they perform. The role of visual merchandising is evaluated within the changing retail experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO1: Critically review, analyse and evaluate theory and industry knowledge relevant for fashion enterprise in the global fashion business environment. 

PLO2: Apply a range of creative and commercial skills to successfully practice in a range of roles in the field of fashion enterprise. 

PLO3: Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation to identify and solve problems in diverse contexts within the field of Fashion Enterprise.

PLO5: Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness through ethical and reflective practice.



Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Outline the key characteristics of the local and global retail sector.

CLO 2: Differentiate between retail formats, ownership models, merchandise mix, and classify specific retailers.

CLO 3: Analyse how visual merchandising is utilised by different retailers and appraise its impact on the retail experience.

CLO 4: Recommend how retailers may need to modify their offerings in order to ensure business growth into the future.


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 business problems.

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.



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. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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


Assessment Task 1: Infographic on fashion retail  (20%)

CLOs: 1  

Assessment Task 2:Retail case study (35%)

CLO: 2,3 

Assessment Task 3: Retail business project (45%)

CLOs: 3, 4

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.