Module Title:E-Business
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various case scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this course is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the e-business environment. The course aims to provide the student with an ability to evaluate and analyse the key issues affecting the development and operation of an e-business strategy and the implementation of an e-business solution. It aims to equip students with the technical knowledge to exploit the strategic opportunities presented by existing & emerging technologies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically assess the strategic and other impacts of e-business.
LO2 Assess the different types of electronic marketplaces
LO3 Evaluate strategy development as it applies to e-business.
LO4 Assess the online marketing options for a business
LO5 Explain the key technological issues affecting e-business
LO6 Assess the major issues involved in developing a new e-business
LO7 Create and implement elements of an e-business solution
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction & impact of e-business & future trends
• The economic impact of e-business • Impact of e-marketplaces on organizations. • Operational implications of e-business • Internal Organisation of Business Processes • Managing people and organisation in e-businesses • Financial implications of e-business • The future
Electronic Marketplaces
• Doing business in the digital economy • Types of electronic markets and their features • Electronic catalogs, shopping carts, and search engines. • B2B & B2C • Products & Services • Competition in the digital economy.
• Development of e-marketing • Types of e-marketing • Marketing strategies and programmes • Online advertising • Relationship marketing
E-Business strategy
• Creating value virtually • Speed of change • Impact of e-commerce on the strategic planning process. • Internet strategy in practice • Strategy implementation and assessment, including the use of metrics.
Legal, ethical and societal issues of e-business
• Legal and ethical issues in e-business • Protecting privacy & intellectual property rights • Free speech and censorship on the Internet. • Societal issues in e-business
E-business infrastructure, technologies & security
• Networks: Intranets, extranets and internet. Servers. • Domain names • Interactive website technologies • Communication technologies • Computer and network security attacks • Common security practices of businesses of all sizes • Mistakes that organizations make in managing security • Major technologies for securing communications
Electronic retailing
• Electronic retailing (“e-tailing”) and its characteristics • Primary business models of electronic retailing • Electronic retailing consumer aids • Critical success factors for e-tailing. • Channel conflict and personalization in e-tailing
Electronic payment systems
• Critical success factors in e-payment methods • E-payment methods • Payment methods in B2B EC
Building e-business applications and infrastructure
• Requirements for initiating an online business • Costing • Options for hosting Web sites • Processes and business decisions associated with managing Web site development • Web site design & performance • Search engine optimization • Customer relationship management • Developing an e-commerce application • Major e-commerce applications, their key functionalities & development options • Outsourcing options
• Web page development: Static, Active & Dynamic web pages. • Web page design. • Web sites & Web servers. • Shopping cart. • Getting placed on a search engine. • Establishing a web presence. • Evaluating commercial sites. • Hosting & domain names.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Case studies - analysis, presentation and discussion. 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.00 n/a
Project Group project with independent elements to be initiated in term 1 and continuing through the year. Builds on team work and independent learning skills. 7 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

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