Module Identifier CS37420  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Rhys Parry  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Christopher W Loftus, Mr David J Smith  
Mutually Exclusive SE31410  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   4 two hour practicals  
  Lecture   40 Hours.  
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%
Further details  

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

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  
Communication Not assessed  
Improving own Learning and Performance The assessed coursework requires students to develop their understanding of issues associated with the module.  
Team work NOt assessed  
Information Technology The module is IT focused. Students will use computer tools to develop and run their applications  
Application of Number Some in encryption part of syllabus  
Personal Development and Career planning The module gives students a wider view of the computing industry and potential careers.  
Subject Specific Skills Methodological skills, design skills, programming skills  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Chaffey, Dave (2002) E-Business and E-Commerce Management Prentice Hall 0273651889
Chan, H et al (2001) E-commerce : fundamentals and applications Wiley 0471493031
Laudon, Kenneth C. and Traver, Carol Guercio (2002) E-Commerce: Business, Technology, Society Addison Wesley 3540440070
Weidong Kou (ed.) (2003) Payment technologies for E-commerce Springer 3540440070


This module is at CQFW Level 6