e-Commerce (ECOM) 410

Mobile Computing and Commerce (Revision 1)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: COMP 200, COMP 210, or CMIS 311

Precluded Course: ECOM 410 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—COMP 409. (ECOM 410 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for COMP 409.)

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Centre: Faculty of Business

ECOM 410 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ECOM 410: Mobile Computing and Commerce is a three-credit course that examines the technology and business aspects of mobile and wireless applications.

Mobile computing has become a key technology in today's world; cell phones, text messaging, and mobile PDAs such as the Blackberry have led to significant—some would say fundamental—changes in our lives. Mobile computing has also created, and will continue to create, significant changes for organizations. Understanding these changes and the opportunities and challenges that result is an important undertaking for those in today's organizations. As you explore mobile computing technologies in this course, you will come to understand the impact of mobile computing on organizations and the implications for management.

This course has two primary objectives. The first deals with the fundamentals of mobile technology, including radio, network and wireless communication, mobile computing applications, platforms and middleware, wireless LANs and PANs, wireless security, wireless positioning, and wireless management and support. The second primary objective, addressed mainly through readings and case studies, is to consider the impact of mobile technologies on organizational strategy, product and service offerings, and strategy execution.


ECOM 410 consists of the following 10 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 and Overview
  • Lesson 2: Mobile Computing Applications
  • Lesson 3: Mobile Computing Platforms
  • Lesson 4: Wireless Network Principles
  • Lesson 5: Wireless LAN and PAN
  • Lesson 6: Cellular and Satellite Networks
  • Lesson 7: Wireless Architectures
  • Lesson 8: Wireless Security
  • Lesson 9: Mobile Computing Strategic Planning
  • Lesson 10: Mobile Computing Management and Support


To receive credit for ECOM 410, you must achieve a mark of at least “D” (50 percent) on the Final Examination, and a composite course mark of at least a “D” (50 percent). The composite mark is weighted as follows:

Assign. 1 Midterm Exam Assign. 2 Final Exam Online Participation Total
15% 20% 30% 25% 10% 100%

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

Course Materials

Digital Textbook

Umar, A. (2010). Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications, (2nd ed.). NGE Solutions, Inc. ISBN - 9780982542712

Other Materials

All other course materials, including case readings, are available online from the course website.

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 410 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the examination.

Paper Exam (3 hours)

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 1, April 22, 2010.

Updated December 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services