e-Commerce (ECOM) 410

Mobile Computing and Commerce (Revision 2)

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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: 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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Mobile computing has become a key technology in today's world; mobile devices such as cell phones, smartphones, computer tablets, as well as mobile applications such as text messaging and social networking, have led to significant—some would say even fundamental—changes in our lives. One of these novel changes is  the possibility of conducting commerce transactions (e.g., buying online or making reservations) through mobile devices—that is, conducting what is known generically as a mobile commerce activity. In addition to impacting the life of virtually every individual, mobile computing and commerce have also generated, and will continue to generate, significant changes for organizations. Understanding the impact of mobile computing and commerce and the opportunities and challenges that result is an important undertaking for today's organizations and their management.


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 achieve the course objectives.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction and Overview
  • Lesson 2: Mobile Computing Applications
  • Lesson 3: Mobile and Wireless Technologies
  • Lesson 4: Wireless Networks
  • Lesson 5: Wireless Security
  • Lesson 6: Mobile Computing Strategic Planning
  • Lesson 7: Mobile Computing Management and Support
  • Lesson 8: Mobile Computing and Mobile Commerce Applications
  • Lesson 9: The Internet of Things
  • Lesson 10: Social Computing and Business


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

Activity Credit Weight
Assignment 1 15% of final mark
Midterm Examination 20% of final mark
Assignment 230% of final mark
Final Examination 25% of final mark
Online Participation 10% of final mark
Total 100 % of final mark

The examination(s) for this course will be written in the traditional pen and paper format.  To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Digital Textbooks (PDF)

Umar, A. (2010). Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications, (2nd ed.). NGE Solutions, Inc. ISBN – 978-0-982-54271-2

Rainer, R. K., & Prince, B., (2016). Introduction to Information Systems, (6th ed.). Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-10798-9

Other Materials

All other course materials are available online from the course website.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 2, December 22, 2016.

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