Electronic Commerce - CO639

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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6 15 (7.5) DR P Ramaswamy


CO321 Introduction to Information Systems, CO525 Dynamic Web, CO532 Database Systems





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

22 lectures, 10 classes

Indicative reading

Materials will be recommended during the course of the module

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Learning outcomes

Understand the relation of e-commerce to traditional commerce and the relative benefits of each
Understand the notions of client-side and server-side programming and be able to write simple programs of each kind
Understand the architectural features (client and server) required for supporting e-commerce
Understand the fundamental concepts of cryptography and how these are used in e-commerce
Understand the security aspects of payment and micropayment methods
Be aware of the legal background to e-commerce

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