This course introduces the concepts, vocabulary, and procedures associated with E-Commerce and the Internet.  The student gains an overview of all aspects of E-Commerce.  Topics include development of the Internet and E-Commerce, options available for doing business on the Internet, features of Web sites and the tools used to build an E-Commerce web site, marketing issues, payment options, security issues, and customer service.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Discuss the way in which the convergence of telecommunications and computing is leading to a rapid growth in the use of electronic commerce.
  • Describe the main applications and business areas in which electronic commerce is currently being used.
  • Identify E-commerce infrastructures including architecture models and Payment systems.
  • Identify Business Models surrounding eCommerce including marketing strategies.
  • Understand the broad implications of moving in whole or in part to an e-commerce business platform.
  • Describe the importance of security systems in E-commerce.
  • Explain the International Ethical, Social and Legal issues surrounding E-commerce.
  • Construct Simple e-Commerce Website

Course contents

  • Introduction
  • Technological infrastructure
  • Security
  • Payment systems
  • Legal, Ethics and Taxes


  • eBusiness A Beginners Guide by Robert C. Elsenpeter & Toby J. Velter Begineners’ Guide to Ecommerce by June Campbell.
  • R. Lapfond and C. Sinha (2005). E-commerce in the Asian Context. Selected case studies.
  • J. F. Rayport and B. Jaworski (2001). Introduction to e-Commerce. Mc-Graw-hill
  • Schneider, Gary, P., (2004). Electronic Commerce: The second wave, Thomson Course Technology, 5th Annual Edition.
  • http://www.webdevelopersjournal.com/columns/ecommerce1.html


Course assessment

There will be several assignments, several quizzes, two tests and end of semester examination. The quiz will be given any time without prior information and no compensation for those who will not attempt it. The first test will be done at the 6th or 7th week and the second test will be done at the 12th or 13th week of the semester whilst the end of semester examination will be done during the University Semester examinations. The assessment method will be: assignments 10%; quizzes and tests 30% and end of semester examination 60%.