BUS3004 : Electronic Business

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-Business and its relevance for modern-day economies and societies. More specifically, it explains how an understanding of information systems (IS) is central for understanding e-Business and how IS have enabled changes in the business context, organisational designs, business strategies, business models and innovation management.

This module will, therefore, begin by providing students with an understanding of IS and how developments in such systems have enabled e-Business. The module will focus in on what IS are used by organisations for internal and external operations, such as the automation of business processes in the supply chain of brick and mortar companies eg. manufacturing and logistics. These topics will be complemented by other related areas including IS development, managing IS projects and ethical/security aspects of e-Business. Where appropriate guest lectures will be given.

Outline Of Syllabus

i) Module overview/what is an IS?
ii) Business processes and IS used in organisations,
iii) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems,
iv) Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems,
v) Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems,
vi) e-Commerce part A
vii) e-Commerce part B
viii) E-Business and competitive strategy,
ix) IS and Organisations
x) Business Intelligence
xi) Knowledge Management
xii) Technology: IT Infrastructure A (HW and SW platforms)
xiii) Technology: IT infrastructure B (Data Infrastructure)
xiv) Technology: Computing Networks
xv) Technology: IS security
xvi) IS life cycle
xvii) Ethical aspects
xviii) Project portfolios and investment decisions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:0064:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. The sessions will underpin the theoretical aspects of the module and students will be expected to carry out set work and undertake directed reading and independent studies before each session.
2. E-business related skills will be developed and enhanced by the use of self-study texts and through the assignment.
3. The learning and performance of the students will substantially depend on the attendance to the sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment will enable an in-depth investigation of then e-Business initiative of a company, for example the automation of the supply chain of an existing company. This would require substantial secondary research by the student as well as vast reading of academic literature.

The exam will test the critical and detailed understanding of the student of different aspects of the curriculum.

Reading Lists