BSc Fashion Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Fashion Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS22102
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


Fashion textiles and its supporting industries are among the most vibrant, fast-paced and innovative industries in the world. 


The unit aims to:

  • Survey current fashion business types from those providing commodities and staples to those promising luxury to high end markets.
  • Examine and evaluate the implications for management in key functional areas, for example, the supply chain, organisational structures, international production, etc.
  • Recognise and explore the global nature of the fashion and textile industries.



Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities

Teaching and learning methods

This unit will make use of a variety of learning and teaching processes including: workshops, discussions, group activities and independent study. Blackboard will be used to present videos, slides, guided reading, discussion, Q&A and other information. Blackboard may also be utilised for assessment.


Knowledge and understanding

    1. Analyse a range of organisational functions associated with management in (fashion) textiles
    2. Analyse key issues relating to management within fashion and related industries; in particular, those deriving from technology, innovation and internationalisation
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key aspects of management theory in relation to management of organisations for example people management and information systems.

    Contributing to developing programme learning outcomes and the assessment of:

  • Systematically describe, analyse and appraise the structure of global fashion, textiles and related industries, with focus on the emerging issues of markets, services, consumer expectations within the macro-environment.
  • Confidently distinguish the key elements of contemporary challenges and issues in fashion and textiles and use these systematically in strategic planning of operational responses.
  • Evaluate approaches to control, leadership and planning in a management context.

Intellectual skills

    1. Apply, question and relate management concepts to (fashion) textiles and related industries
    2. Employ balanced, reasoned and supported arguments in the context of applied fashion textiles management
    3. Analyse, evaluate and interpret appropriate material from a variety of sources


Contributing to developing programme learning outcome and the assessment of:

  • Identify and conceptualise appropriate theories, applying them to the fashion and textile industry.

Synthesise, assess and evaluate information and data from appropriate sources and use these to make informed, independent judgments and decision making in relation to technical product and/or business contexts.

Practical skills

3.1 Act with increasing autonomy, with reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines

3.2 Use appropriate sources to gain relevant information on management concepts, (fashion) textiles and related industries

Contributing to developing programme learning outcomes and the assessment of:

  • Act autonomously with limited supervision or direction within negotiated guidelines, individually and as part of a team.

Identify and employ appropriate sources of information.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

4.1 Select and use a range of communication methods appropriate to the context 


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Report 30%

Feedback methods

Summative feedback will be provided within 15 working days of submission: this will be provided electronically.

Formative feedback will be provided in week 8 during a feedback session.

Exam results released after June Exam Board



Recommended reading

  • Please see Reading Lists Online via Blackboard for full list and online copies

  • Varley, R., Roncha, A., Radclyffe-Thomas, N & Gee, L. (2019) Fashion Management: A Strategic Approach, London, UK: Macmillan International/Red Globe Press
  • Barringer, B., 2012. Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, Pearson
  • Daft, R. & Benson, A. (2016). Management (1st edition.; New EMEA ed.). Australia: Cengage Learning.
  • Daft, R. (2016). Management (12 ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
  • Jones, R M (2006). The Apparel Industry (2nd Edition). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.



Examples of Industry/ Media Sources  

Company websites Drapers (access via the library website) Edited  (access via library website) Staista (access via library website) Business of Fashion Newspapers/news sites such as BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph,  Financial Times , The Economist

Examples of relevant journals used in the unit (please refer to slides for references and further examples)

European Management Journal International.  Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal The International Journal of Logistics Management

Sessions will also be supplemented by further directed reading if required.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 176

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hsin-Ju Tsai Unit coordinator

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