e-Commerce (ECOM) 320

Overview of e-Commerce (Revision 8)


Revision 8 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study** (check locations) - both options with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Faculty of Business

ECOM 320 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ECOM 320: Overview of e-Commerce is a three-credit, senior-level course at Athabasca University. This foundational course focuses on principles of e-commerce from a business perspective. This course provides an overview of business and technology topics, business models, virtual value chain, and innovation and marketing strategies. In addition, some of the major issues associated with e-commerce—security, privacy, intellectual property rights, authentication, encryption, acceptable use policies, and legal liabilities—will be explored.


ECOM 320 consists of the following 11 lessons of study. Each lesson is designed to teach you the concepts, principles, and case-study skills that will enable you to learn the course objectives.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to e-Commerce
  • Lesson 2: e-Commerce Infrastructure
  • Lesson 3: Business Models and e-Commerce
  • Lesson 4: e-Commerce Strategy
  • Lesson 5: Supply Chain Management and e-Commerce
  • Lesson 6: Marketing Strategies and e-Commerce
  • Lesson 7: e-Commerce Security and Controls
  • Lesson 8: Electronic Payment Systems
  • Lesson 9: Mobile Computing and Commerce, and Pervasive Computing
  • Lesson 10: Legal and Ethical Issues in e-Commerce
  • Lesson 11: Social Commerce and Other Issues in e-Commerce


To receive credit for ECOM 320, you must complete three written assignments and pass a Midterm Examination and a Final Examination. The passing grade for each examination is 50 percent. In addition, you must achieve an overall course grade of at least “D” (50 percent).

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Online Participation Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: All examinations for this course are taken online, and must be taken at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and a current web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Electronic Commerce for Managers (Custom Edition for Athabasca University) combines content from three textbooks:

Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 11 from
Laudon, K. C., & Traver, C. G. (2014). E-Commerce: Business, technology, society (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, and 11 from
Trites, G., & Boritz, J. E. (2013). ebusiness: A Canadian perspective for a networked world (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Chapters 6 and 12 from
Turban, E., King, D., Lee, J., Liang, T. P., & Turban, D. (2012). Electronic commerce: A managerial and social networks perspective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ECOM 320 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the examination.

Online Exam (3 hours)

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Current Grouped Study Locations

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 8, October 8, 2014.

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