Course Code: BIT5043

Course Title:  E-Commerce (4 Credits)





Course Contents


Unit 1: Introduction to E-Commerce: Defining Commerce; Main Activities of Electronic Commerce; Benefits of E-Commerce; Broad Goals of Electronic Commerce; Main Components of E-Commerce; Functions of Electronic Commerce – Communication, Process Management, Service Management, Transaction Capabilities; Process of E-Commerce; Types of E-Commerce; Role of Internet and Web in E-Commerce; Technologies Used; E-Commerce Systems; Pre-requisites of E-Commerce; Scope of E-Commerce; E-Business Models.


Unit 2: E-Commerce Activities: Various Activities of E-Commerce; Various Modes of Operation Associated with E-Commerce; Matrix of E-Commerce Types; Elements and Resources Impacting E-Commerce and Changes; Types of E-Commerce Providers and Vendors; Man Power Associated with E-Commerce Activities; Opportunity Development for E-Commerce Stages; Development of E-Commerce Business Case; Components and Factors for the Development of the Business Case; Steps to Design and Develop an E-Commerce Website.


Unit 3: Internet – The Backbone for E-Commerce: Early Ages of Internet; Networking Categories; Characteristics of Internet; Components of Internet – Internet Services, Elements of Internet, Uniform Resource Locators, Internet Protocol; Shopping Cart, Cookies and E-Commerce; Web Site Communication; Strategic Capabilities of Internet.


Unit 4: ISP, WWW and Portals: Internet Service Provider (ISP); World Wide Web (WWW); Portals – Steps to build homepage, Metadata; Advantages of Portal; Enterprise Information Portal (EIP).


Unit 5: E-Commerce & Online Publishing: This unit explains the concept of online publishing, strategies and approaches of online publishing, and online advertising.


Unit 6: XML and Data Warehousing: Definition of eXtensible Markup Language (XML); XML Development Goals; Comparison between HTML and XML; Business importance in using XML Based Technology; Advantages, Disadvantages and Applications of XML; Structure of an XML Document; XHTML and X/Secure; Data Warehousing; Data Marts and Operational Data Stores.


Unit 7: E-Marketing: Traditional Marketing; E-Marketing; Identifying Web Presence Goals – Achieving web presence goals, Uniqueness of the web, Meeting the needs of website visitors, Site Adhesion: Content, format and access; Maintaining a Website; Metrics Defining Internet Units of Measurement; Online Marketing; Advantages of Online Marketing.


Unit 8: E-Security: Security on the Internet; Network and Website Security Risks – Denial-of-Service attacks, Viruses, Unauthorized access to a computer network; Vulnerability of Internet Sites; Network and Website Security – Transaction security and data protection, Security audits and penetration testing; E-Business Risk Management Issues; Firewall – Network policy, Advanced authentication mechanism, Packet filtering, Application gateways; Defining Enterprise Wide Security Framework.


Unit 9: E-Payment Systems: Electronic Funds Transfer; Digital Token Based E-Payment Systems; Modern Payment Systems; Steps for Electronic Payment; Payment Security; Net Banking.


Unit 10: E-Customer Relationship Management: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – Marketing automation, Enterprise customer management; Customer Relationship Management Areas; CRM Processes; Architectural Components of a CRM Solution – Customer’s information repository, Campaign management, Event triggers, business logic and rules repository, Decision support tools, Higher level statistical analysis, Forecasting and planning tools, True channel management, Workflow management, Collateral management; Electronic Customer Relationship Management; Need, Architecture and Applications of Electronic CRM.


Unit 11: Supply Chain Management: Supply Chain Management (SCM); Goals of SCM; Functions of SCM; Strategies of SCM; Electronic SCM and its benefits; Components of Electronic SCM; Electronic Logistics and its Implementation.


Unit 12: Wireless Application Protocol: Wireless Application Protocol (WAP); Architecture of WAP; Working of WAP; Wireless Technologies; Generations in Wireless Communications; Security Issues related to Wireless Communications; Mobile Computing in Four Dimensions; Wireless Millennium.


Unit 13: Knowledge Management: Knowledge Management and its Goals; Collaborative Computing and Knowledge Management; Knowledge Management Tools; Features of Knowledge Management Tools; Knowledge Creating Process; Knowledge Management Strategies for Different Organizations; Knowledge Management in Research and Development Organizations.


Unit 14: Implementation of E-Commerce: WWW.EBAY.COM - B2C Website – Registration, Time factor, Bidding process, Growth of eBay; PayPal – New Trend in Making Payments Online; National Electronic Funds Transfer.