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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3100 Module Title: E-BUSINESS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE5312
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MULHERON MJ Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Continuous assessment:





In-class multiple-choice examination


Demonstration of working e-business web site.


Report (20-page) on e-business web site development issues.













Qualifying Condition(s) 


A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module


Module Overview
The module takes both an organisational and technological approach and considers both the interplay between the demands of business enterprises and the IT systems needed to support and deliver holistic e-Business systems. The module aims to critically review a mix of theoretical and inplementation issues through a series of "keynote" presentations and associated discussions. Throughout the module students undertake a case study requiring them to develop and deliver a simple web-based e-business user interface.
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2
Module Aims

To provide the students with an overview of e-Business and its application within technology based industries. Students should gain an awareness of current and emerging issues when planning for e-Business and the strategic decisions involved in the development of IT for e-Business. Through the main case study and associated reporting students will gain an insight into the problems and constraints of developing a web-based e-business solution that is both customer oriented and yet also serves the needs of the business. Students should develop an understanding of the organisational, practical and legal issues that are associated with providing e-Business solutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically apply eBusiness analytical frameworks and methodologies.
  • Recognise and determine where IT can be deployed to gain strategic and tactical advantages.
  • Review and critically evaluate the impact of eBusiness applications on organisational performance.
  • Distinguish key IT developments and specify such technology to develop eBusiness information architectures that support organisational goals.
  • Plan and specify viable eBusiness systems for supporting technology-based industries.
Module Content

          An Introduction to eBusiness


          Business & Systems


          Technical Infrastructure


          The E-Business Environment




  • E-Business Infrastructure
Methods of Teaching/Learning

8 hours of "keynote" presentations
6 hours of discussion classes
16 hours of supported practical classes - web site creation and development, and
70 hours independent learning (Business plan, web interface design and formal report).

Total student learning time = 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading


Farhoomand, A, Managing (e)Business Transformation, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 (ISBN 14039 36048)

Willcocks L, and Saur C, Moving to eBusiness, Random House, 2000, (ISBN 07126 69833)

Beynon-Davies, P , e-Business, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 (ISBN 14039 1348X)

Papazoglou, MP, and Ribbers, PMA, e-Business Orgainsational and Technical Foundations, J Wiley and Sons, 2006, (ISBN 04708 43764).


Required reading




Last Updated

02 Nov 2009