Retail & Merchandising

Courses

RMER 500 Retail Merchandising 3.0 Credits

This seminar course explores the omni-channel retail system. Through a series of case studies students will analyze and investigate past, current and future global retail strategies and trends. Such topics as brick-and-mortar retailing, retail data analytics, brand development and management, social media, online and digital retail shopping, buying and product development, supply chain management, visual merchandising, as well as customer service and sales will be introduced.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 510 Research Methods in Retail & Merchandising 4.0 Credits

This course provides students with a rigorous and comprehensive look into the skills and techniques required for conducting research and understanding their findings. Discussing the principles of research methods as they apply to merchandising, the course is divided into four sections: theory, practice, application and interpretation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 520 Retail Analysis and Economic Structures 3.0 Credits

In this course students examine a multi-disciplinary approach to examining style change, bringing together theory from consumer studies, cultural studies, economics, sociology, psychology, and more. This course will discuss a wide range of contemporary case material, which provides practical examples of trend analysis and change.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 530 Omni-Channel Product Promotion & Retail Analytics 3.0 Credits

Statistics and retail analytics will allow students to investigate historical data, analyze and participate in the present and consider the future uses of traditional communications and new technologies in retail merchandising as well as the financial means to achieve them.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 540 Brand Management & Intellectual Property 3.0 Credits

Students will read branding case studies to comprehend why the phenomena of branding continues to drive our consumer society. Intellectual property rights, ethics and the legality surrounding various types of products and their branding will be investigated as students understand how to engage consumers in the global branding process.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 550 Merchandising Technologies 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on integrated retail buying and merchandise management and strategy development using technology. Students explore and analyze past, current and future trends in ecommerce technologies that primarily support the back end inventory, logistics and front end operations of the fashion apparel, accessory and home products industries.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 560 Selling Techniques & Strategies 3.0 Credits

Taking a seminar approach, this course applies inquiry and interpretation of sales strategies as essential planning for a retail business. Students will examine various types of selling strategies and how they influence the retail environment.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 570 Retail Supply Chain Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course presents the concepts, practical tools, and support systems that are important to effective interaction with retail supply chains considering the lifestyle products of apparel, footwear, home goods and beauty. Strategic design and tactical and operational issues will be examined including retail and merchandising support technology such as CAD, PDM, PLM, RFID and EDI. Emerging concepts related to globally optimal decision-making will be emphasized.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 575 Globalization in Retail & Merchandising 3.0 Credits

This course will examine aspects of Retail Merchandising including brand communication, product design & development, retail models, store layout and visual merchandising, and product promotion within a specific region of the globe. Emphasis on social, cultural, historical and geographical variables will be measured, as well as ethical aspects and financial influences on foreign economies will be examined.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 580 Retail & Merchandising Seminar in Leadership 3.0 Credits

This course will be taught in a seminar format and feature talks from various leadership areas in the retail, merchandising, and lifestyle product areas. Topics will consider how managers and leaders must develop teams to understand corporate culture, retail management & analysis, product quality, customer service, human resources, merchandising strategies, and future goals.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 600 Retail Futures 3.0 Credits

This course addresses the new forces in retailing and the related disruptions, challenges and opportunities. Through research, in-depth analysis, and discussion, these topics will be assessed and the related impact on this critical sector of business in most developed as well as emerging economies will be measured.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

RMER 697 Research & Data Collection 3.0 Credits

This rigorous course is designed to develop understanding and experience in empirical research in order to build and design a final project or thesis. Emphasis will be placed on data collection, organization, interpretation and presentation. Students will follow-up with their instructor through web-based platforms and will be required to turn-in reports and output for their project or thesis.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 9 credits
Prerequisites: RMER 500 [Min Grade: B] and RMER 510 [Min Grade: B]

RMER 698 Project/Research Thesis 4.0 Credits

This final course will build the student’s concentrated coursework producing a finalized project or thesis (such as a publishable academic journal article) synthesizing an area of Retail & Merchandising based upon their specific research and data collection. Students will be responsible for working with their course professor on the final outcome that documents the proposal, base research and conclusions.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 16 credits
Prerequisites: RMER 500 [Min Grade: B] and RMER 510 [Min Grade: B]

RMER I599 Independent Study in RMER 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 48 credits

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