module specification

CC3003 - E-Business (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25, but may be subject to modification
Module title E-Business
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Individual Coursework (3000 words)
Unseen Examination 40%   Unseen Exam (2 hr) *FC*
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

 This module provides an in-depth knowledge of e-business models and processes. E-business opportunities in a variety of application contexts are introduced in terms of e-marketing, e-customer relationship management and e-procurement. Other areas covered include e-business strategy, supply chain management, security and also legal, ethical and global issues associated with the digital economy. The e-business environment and infrastructure are also discussed.

Prior learning requirements

Successful completion of the intermediate level within the Faculty of Computing.

Module aims

The principal graduate attributes focused on in the core module are A1 A2 and A3.

This core module :

· Provides a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of the digital economy [A2]
· Provides an in-depth knowledge of key areas of e-business that enables the development of
business processes for enterprise integration in the competitive globalisation setting [A3]


The major topics of study for this module are:

Review of the Internet structure
- Internet, intranet and extranet
- Client-server and peer-peer models
- Middleware and N-tier structure

Digital Economy

- E-Business Strategy

- Products and processes

- E-business models and infrastructure

- E-payment and e-security

- E-Procurement

· E-customer relationship management

· Internet marketing

· Legal, ethical, social and global issues

· E-business and m-business case studies

Learning and teaching

Formal lectures introduce topics. Lecture material is made available on-line via Weblearn. Guest lecturers will be invited to present talks on areas of their expertise which are also
specific topics in the syllabus. As part of tutorial work, students are asked to read and critique specific journal articles/ case studies. This work will complement the coursework assigned. Periodic feedback is provided as the work progresses from one milestone to the next. Weekly case studies are used to reinforce and further explore e-business strategies, models and issues.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

1. be able to assess the e-business opportunities in a variety of application contexts [A2}
2. have skills to develop effective e-business strategies for the delivery of products and services
3. be able to perform critical analysis of technology trends in e-business and be aware of innovative solutions to meet organisational challenges [A1, A3]


-Chaffey, D. 2009. E-Business and E-Commerce Management – Strategy, Implementation and Practice, 4th Edition, Prentice-Hall.
-Schneider, G. 2011. E-Business, 9th Edition, Cengage Learning
-Papazoglou, M and Ribbers, P.M.A.2006. E-Business, Organizational and Technical Foundations, Sussex: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
-Chen, S. 2005.Strategic Management of e-Business. Sussex: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.