Curriculum
Degree Programs

Curriculum

The program curriculum consists of the following courses and electives:

Required Courses (24 units)

Understanding of the basis of consumer needs and the consumer buying process based on various consumer cohorts. Unique characteristics of fashion products and consumer behavior in apparel product purchase situations are discussed. 3 lectures/ problem solving.

The economic, competitive, and structural dynamics of the international apparel production and retail sectors. Patterns of production, distribution and consumption at the global, regional, national, and company level are examined. The outlook for the apparel complex is considered. 3 lectures/ problem solving.

Current advances in textile and apparel materials, processes and business technologies. Application of innovative materials in apparel and related end-uses. Emerging technologies used in the fashion industry for communications, product development, manufacturing, logistics and retail management are explored. 3 lectures/ problem solving.

Seminars, case studies and speakers on current and emerging issues and best practices in the international apparel business. Identify and evaluate strategic challenges and opportunities facing managers and propose solutions which involve the various functional areas of business.  3 seminars, case studies. 1 unit per semester. May be repeated up to 3 units.

Principles, tools and techniques used in industry and marketing research as applied to the international apparel production and distribution sector. Includes qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Topics include the development of literature reviews, online research methods and resources, and the identification and definition of a research topic. Readings, discussions, computer applications, and research. Pre- requisites: Graduate Standing.

Data analysis and statistical methods for management decision-making in the international apparel industry. The selection and use of tools such as regression analysis and popular software applications to address a variety of research problems. Pre-requisites: IAM 6010.

This course is for all master’s students. The emphasis of this course is on the development a research proposal. Students are required to complete the first three chapters of their master’s project or thesis: Introduction, Literature Review, and Methodology. 3  lectures.  Pre-requisites:  IAM  6020,  consent  of  instructor,  and unconditional standing.

A quantitative or qualitative study of aspects of the apparel industry through primary or secondary research. This course is for master’s candidates pursuing a professional career in the industry who choose the non-thesis option. Directed research. Pre- requisites: IAM 6850, unconditional standing.

The scientific study of the various aspects of the apparel business through primary research to complete a master’s thesis. A final thesis defense and submission to a peer reviewed journal is required. This course is for master’s candidates who choose the thesis option. Directed research. Pre-requisites: IAM 6850, unconditional standing.

Elective Courses (6 units)

The characteristics of demand forecasting for markets characterized by fragmenting consumer requirements, high sensitivity to economic fluctuations, and shortening fashion life cycles.  Forecasting for effective product line planning is explored in the industry’s international context. 3 lectures/ problem solving.

Examination of the management tasks and challenges associated with sourcing of apparel and textile products. Factors influencing sourcing are explored. Planning, replenishment, and vendor management are discussed. The sourcing policies of international retailers and apparel vendors are evaluated.  3 lectures/ problem solving.

The management of product and process innovation as a strategic activity in the apparel industry through the fusion of creative, entrepreneurial and technological functions to meet latent market needs. Case studies of retailers and manufacturers that have pioneered game-changing innovations. 3 lectures/ problem solving. Pre-requisites: IAM 5450, IAM 5570, and IAM 5600.

How to build and sustain innovative apparel brands. The value, equity, and psychological relations that brands make with apparel consumers. Issues including multi-channel branding and global branding strategy are discussed. 3 lectures/ problem solving. Pre-requisites: IAM 5450 and IAM 5570.

Financial management decisions for the apparel production and distribution sectors in the international context. Evaluation of cases in operational budgeting, product costing, product line pricing, asset valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, raising capital, business performance, and corporate control. 3 lectures/ problem solving. Pre-requisites: IAM 5570 & IAM 5600.

Analysis of apparel supply chains and logistics in the context of a global economy and technological change. 3 lectures/ problem solving. Pre-requisites: IAM 5520 and IAM 5570.

Critical issues faced by international apparel retailers and best practices in retail strategic management. Topics include: management decision making, human resource management, use of IT systems, customer relationship management, multichannel retailing, retail entrepreneurship and globalization of apparel retailing. 3 lectures/ problem solving. Pre-requisites: IAM 5450, IAM 5570 & IAM 5600.

Enrollment in this course allows master’s candidates that have enrolled in the maximum number of thesis units (8) to maintain resident status in order to receive university service. Directed research. Pre-requisites: IAM 6950 or IAM 6960.
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