Electronic Commerce - CO639

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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6 15 (7.5) DR P Ramaswamy


Pre-requisites: CO323 Databases and the Web





E-commerce is an increasingly important area for consumers, businesses and national economies. This module introduces what is meant by electronic commerce, and discusses its economic and social implications, its drivers and limitations. You will learn about the principal features of business-to-business and business-to-customer e-commerce and compare them with traditional forms of trading. The course also includes the chance to implement a simple end-to-end e-commerce system.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (20 hours) (25%)
Assignment 2 (20 hours) (25%)
Unseen examination (2 hours) (50%)

Indicative reading

Norris, M., West, S., Gaughan, K. (2001). eBusiness Essentials. John Wiley
Schneider, Gary P and Perry, James T. Electronic Commerce, Course Technology. Thomson Learning
Turban, E. et al. (1999). Electronic Commerce: A Managerial Perspective. Prentice Hall

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Explain the relation of e-commerce to traditional commerce and the relative benefits of each [A10, B1, C2, C11];
Understand the notions of client-side and server-side programming and be able to write server-side programs[A2, B4, C1, C3, C4];
Understand the architectural features (client and server) required for supporting ecommerce [A2, A3];
Describe the different frameworks for e-commerce currently in use and be able to evaluate how appropriate a given framework is for a specific purpose [B3, C9]
Explain how the fundamental concepts of cryptography are used in e-commerce [B5, B7, D5];]
Understand the security aspects of payment and micropayment methods [B5];
Be aware of the legal background to e-commerce [B6, C10].

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