Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 40 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report (5000 words) detailing investigation of practical E-commerce possibility.  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   conventional written examination.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report (5000 words) detailing investigation of practical E-commerce possibility.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   conventional written examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify, classify, and select implementation strategies for potential e-commerce projects.

Manage the implementation of an e-commerce system conforming to the three tier model, selecting appropriate technology.

Select and justify appropriate payment methods for specified e-commerce activities.

Advise businesses on appropriate security for e-commerce systems.


Our proposed new degree in Business Information Technology has a strong emphasis on the construction of Web-based systems and enterprise-wide database systems. This module brings those strands together, considering the issues involved in web-based commercial systems using enterprise database systems.

Brief description

E-commerce is still an expanding field, despite the bursting of the dotcom bubble. Companies which have an ineffective e-commerce presence are losing significant ground in some areas of commerce. This module covers both the practical and the managerial issues of building an effective e-commerce presence for a company.


Introduction to e-commerce: Examples of types of e-commerce (B2C, C2C, B2B, C2B). The 3 tier model for e-commerce systems. (4 lectures)

Client-side technologies for e-commerce: linking e-commerce to already known web technology material. (2 lectures)

Internet payment systems: characteristics of internet payment systems, 4C payment methods, SET credit card payment protocol, micropayments. (4 lectures)

Advanced technologies and issues for e-commerce: building multi-tier enterprise applications, client-tier issues, scalability, web-tier issues, business-tier issues, enterprise information system tier issues, enterprise criteria and Ruby-on-Rails. (6 lectures)

Managing e-commerce: developing e-commerce applications, business models of e-retailing, content management, inter-company integration. (12 lectures)

Secure internet transactions: The threats to electronic transactions. Modern cryptography. Digital signatures and digital certificates. SSL and SET. (6 lectures)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Some in encryption part of syllabus
Communication Not assessed
Improving own Learning and Performance The assessed coursework requires students to develop their understanding of issues associated with the module.
Information Technology The module is IT focused. Students will use computer tools to develop and run their applications
Personal Development and Career planning The module gives students a wider view of the computing industry and potential careers.
Problem solving Deciding on an appropriate design when building a e-commerce application
Research skills Students will be required to acquire further knowledge from books and on-line sources
Subject Specific Skills Methodological skills, design skills, programming skills
Team work NOt assessed

Reading List

Recommended Text
Chaffey, Dave (2002) E-Business and E-Commerce Management Prentice Hall Primo search Chan, H et al (2001) E-commerce : fundamentals and applications Wiley Primo search Laudon, Kenneth C. and Traver, Carol Guercio (2002) E-Commerce: Business, Technology, Society Addison Wesley Primo search Weidong Kou (ed.) (2003) Payment technologies for E-commerce Springer Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6