University of Surrey - Guildford

Registry > Module Catalogue
View Module List by A.O.U. and Level  Alphabetical Module Code List  Alphabetical Module Title List  Alphabetical Old Short Name List  View Menu 
2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2M44
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CECELJA F Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment
2-hrs written unseen examination

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview
Even today, electronic commerce (e-commerce) remains a relatively new, emerging and constantly changing area of business management and information technology.  It is strongly linked with numerous Internet technologies and includes electronic trading of physical goods and information, the electronic provision of services (after sales support, on-line legal advice etc.) and electronic support for collaboration between companies (on-line design, engineering or virtual business consultancy etc.).  Yet, selecting, applying and managing these technologies are still a challenge especially in view of maximising benefits and minimising costs.


Module Aims

The aim of this module is to consolidate the major themes that have arisen from the new area of e-commerce and to provide an understanding of concomitant information management and underpinned existing and emerging technologies

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of information and information management in organisations through the critical analysis;
·         demonstrate the competence in understanding the theoretical foundations of a number of different emerging technologies through the critical analysis and practical skill;
·         explain the issues associated with the application of emerging information management technologies;
·         demonstrate competence in applying new concepts and techniques through implementation based on prototype technologies;

propose and justify the use of information management to address business issues through the critical analysis of specific case studies.

Module Content

1.      Introduction: the role of information in an organisation and information management and the web, concept and definition of e-commerce, basic models of e-commerce and the information flow in an organisation;
2.      The Internet: the computer networks and the Internet protocols, the Internet and the web and concomitant procedures and protocols, the Internet operation, web pages and their operation, web browsers;
3.      The Internet technologies: hypertext mark-up language (HTML), extensible mark-up language (XML) technologies, database applications on the Internet, data mining and envisioner;
4.      The Internet security: the concept and the need for the computer security, types (confidentiality, integrity, availability, accountability, reliability), methods of assuring (and improving) security on the Internet, e-commerce and security.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments and working sessions, and coursework assignments.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Recommended background reading
B. Fazlollahi, Strategies for eCommerce success [electronic resource]. London, UK: IRM Press, 2002.
R. Tassabehji, Applying e-commerce in business [electronic resource]. London: SAGE Publications ltd, 2003.
J. Davies, D. Fensel, and F. Harmelen, Towards the semantic WEB. Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2003.
G. Post, Database Management Systems - design & building business applications, Third ed. Boston, U.S.A: McGraw-Hill, 2007.
Watson RT, Data Management – An Organisational Perspective, Wiley, 1996. (ISBN 04713 05340)
Simon AR, Strategic Database Technology, Morgan Kaufmann, 1995. (ISBN 15586 0264X)
Last Updated