Module Identifier CS37420  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark B Ratcliffe  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered 2007  
Next semester offered 1  
Other staff  
Pre-Requisite CS25820 , CS27420 , CI25910  
Mutually Exclusive CS31220  
Course delivery Lecture   40 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 two hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Conventional examination.  50%
Semester Assessment Report (5000 words) detailing investigation of practical E-commerce possibility.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report (5000 words) detailing investigation of practical E-commerce possibility.  50%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours Conventional 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.

Implement 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)

Distributed application models: a survey of available models from a functional standpoint. J2EE, .NET (12 lectures)

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

Advanced technologies for e-commerce: mobile agents/WAP, data mining, use of XML. (6 lectures)

Managing e-commerce: developing e-commerce applications, business models of e-retailing, content management, inter-company integration. (6 lectures)

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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Weidong Kou (ed.) (2003) Payment technologies for E-commerce Springer 3-540-44007-0
Laudon, Kenneth C. and Traver, Carol Guercio (2002) E-Commerce: Business, Technology, Society Addison Wesley 3-540-44007-0
Chan, H et al (2001) E-commerce : fundamentals and applications Wiley 0-471-49303-1
Chaffey, Dave (2002) E-Business and E-Commerce Management Prentice Hall 0-273-65188-9


This module is at CQFW Level 6