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CSC8408 e-Commerce Technology

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Maths and Computing

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Examiner: Hua Wang
Moderator: Ron Addie


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE or MSBI or MSSC or MENC or MEPR or MENS or METC or MSST.


Underlying the growing field of e-commerce, there are a number of technicalities, protocols, and languages required to make it all work. For example: encryption, authentication, key-exchange protocols, certificates and protocols for their distribution. This course will address these issues. Underlying many web-sites, small and large, is the necessary technology of providing a web interface to databases. There are many systems available for developing web-sites which take the approach that a database is the kernel around which a collection of scripts, views and forms make things happen. In this course, the architecture of such systems is explored and students are provided with the opportunity to undertake database-oriented web development.


Students will study the techniques for constructing and maintaining an e-commerce site, including the construction of a secure web-server, security management, electronic transaction processing, and web-display of and access to information in a database.


On successful completion of this course students should:

  1. understand what is involved in starting up and operating and internet business/e-commerce (Assignment 1 Proposal);
  2. have basic knowledge of what is involved in designing, maintaining and administrating a web-based e-commerce site (Assignment 1 Proposal, Assignment 2 Implementation);
  3. understand the issues surrounding privacy and security (Assignment 3, Project/Research Final Report);
  4. know how to use elementary cryptographic techniques, and understand their strengths and weaknesses for data authentication and integrity and digital signatures (Assignment 3, Project/Research Final Report);
  5. be able to construct an e-commerce server, including a secure web-site, with funds transfer capabilities, and a database of products and transactions (Assignment 2 Implementation);
  6. be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the protocols and techniques in the e-commerce system development (Assignment 2 Implementation, Assignment 3, Project/Research Final Report).


Description Weighting(%)
1. E-commerce Infrastructures, tools, software 20.00
2. E-commerce Security and authentication service 20.00
3. Electronic Payment Methods and protocols 20.00
4. Access to database information via web interfaces 20.00
5. E-Commerce Web Server developments 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 24.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 60.00
Private Study 86.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 PROPOSAL 100 10 12 Aug 2011
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 40 04 Nov 2011 (see note 1)

  1. Project/Research Final Report

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  5. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment, may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination: IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to email and internet access to UConnect and the course web site, and are expected to check these resources frequently.