Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology


Associate Professor Joarder Kamruzzaman (Gippsland); Ms Tarirai Chani (South Africa)



South Africa

  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit aims to develop and extend students understanding and knowledge about the information technology infrastructure that supports and enables modern electronic commerce systems. This infrastructure includes communication networks (wireline and wireless), the Internet, payment mechanisms, and a range of enabling technologies, such as XML, server technologies, software agents, various emerging protocols and standards. Applications and recent developments in such enabling technologies including mobile commerce are explored. The unit approaches some infrastructure issues from the perspective of security in electronic commerce, focussing on real and potential security problems and the techniques for addressing them. Privacy and legal issues concerning electronic commerce are discussed.


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. develop a comprehensive knowledge about global information infrastructure;
  2. understand the threats to electronic commerce on the Internet and potential security problems;
  3. understand the process for the design of secure systems;
  4. demonstrate the understanding and need for security protocols and procedures;
  5. understand the security issues and vulnerabilities of eCommerce servers and know the defensive strategies;
  6. be aware of the problems arising from active content technologies;
  7. be familiar with the XML standard and examine how it can be applied to develop ecommerce applications;
  8. be familiar with the mobile commerce technology and the services it offers.
  9. understand and evaluate electronic payment mechanisms;
  10. appreciate the privacy and legal issues and be familiar with anonymity technologies;
  11. understand the applicability of intelligent software agents in electronic commerce;
  12. appreciate the importance of a secure information infrastructure in conducting electronic commerce;
  13. appreciate the privacy and legal issues;
  14. grasp the on-going development in emerging electronic commerce technologies including mobile commerce;
  15. develop skills in XML to produce small applications.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


FIT2005 or GCO2852 or GCO9806 or BEG1601 or equivalent



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