City University of Hong Kong


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Programme Structure


Based on the aims of the programme, graduates should be able to evaluate, build and manage eCommerce services and operations. We therefore take the approach that students should be well-prepared in both the technology and business aspects of Electronic Commerce. Hence, the curriculum presents and integrates essential components of eCommerce and offers a relatively structured set of courses rather than a variety of loosely structured separate study streams. This approach is expected to be very effective because it allows a tight focus and integration of the relevant aspects of eCommerce. In addition, a set of electives is provided to allow the students to pursue more advanced topics based on their own interests.

The programme consists of 33 Credit Units with a core of required courses of 27 credit units. Up to 9 credit units can be transferred based on the student's previous study. For credit transfer application, students have to demonstrate that the previously obtained qualification is still relevant (e.g., via submission of course syllabi or similar information).

The required courses are intended to build knowledge and skills for developing eCommerce services or systems. They include a group of business-oriented courses and a group of technology-oriented courses. In addition, the course Introduction to eCommerce gives students an overview and perspective of the various aspects of eCommerce.

Technology-oriented required course set:

  • CS5222 Computer Networks and Internets
  • CS5281 Internet Application Development
  • CS5285 Information Security for eCommerce

Business-oriented required course set:

  • IS5414 Analysis and Design of eCommerce Systems
  • IS6641 eCommerce Business Strategies and Management
  • IS5413 eBusiness System Integration

The elective set consists of both technology-oriented courses and business-oriented courses, which allow the students to pursue alternative or advanced topics related to eCommerce. A student must take at least 6 credit units from the elective set. No credit transfer is allowed for elective courses.

The eCommerce project, which is compulsory, provides for the student to practice and integrate the knowledge and techniques learned to actually analyze, design, and implement a prototype of an eCommerce system.

Last Updated : 12 AUG 2015