e-Commerce (ECOM) 425

e-Commerce Security, Legal Issues, and Ethics (Revision 2)


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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: ECOM 320

Centre: Faculty of Business

ECOM 425 has a Challenge for Credit option.


ECOM 425: e-Commerce Security, Legal Issues, and Ethics is a three-credit, senior-level course that focuses on principles of e-commerce security, law, and ethics from business, technological, and social perspectives. It is aimed at providing you with a broad understanding of the major legal, security, and ethical issues and risks related to e-commerce. Module 1 focuses on security issues and threats pertaining to e-commerce and digital/mobile systems and operations. Module 2 addresses the major legal issues related to the digital environment, in particular the challenges related to protecting information privacy in the digital world, and issues related to intellectual property, consumer protection, international regulations, and cyber torts. The last part of the course focuses on major ethical issues in the information age.


ECOM 425 comprises 12 lessons of study divided into three distinct modules:

Module 1: e-Commerce Security

  • Lesson 1: Overview of e-Commerce Security
  • Lesson 2: Protecting e-Commerce Infrastructure
  • Lesson 3: Protecting e-Commerce Data
  • Lesson 4: Compliance and Audit

Module 2: e-Commerce Legal Issues

  • Lesson 5: Intellectual Property
  • Lesson 6: Internet Law, Social Media, and Internet Privacy
  • Lesson 7: Consumer Protection
  • Lesson 8: Cyber Torts and Cyber Crimes
  • Lesson 9: International Law in a Global Economy

Module 3: e-Commerce Ethics

  • Lesson 10: Ethics Theory
  • Lesson 11: Networked Communications
  • Lesson 12: Professional Ethics


Credit activities in ECOM 425 consist of four written assignments, lesson discussion forums (you must participate in 3 from each module to receive full marks), and a Final Examination. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on these activities.

To receive credit for ECOM 425, you must submit all four written assignments, receive a grade of 50% or better on the Final Examination, and earn an overall course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The following chart summarizes the evaluation activities:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 20%
Discussion Forums 10%
Final Exam 40%
Total 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 Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


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

Quinn, M.J. (2015). Ethics for the information age (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc. ISBN - 13-9780133741629

Custom textbook that contains excerpts from Miller, R.L., & Cross, F.B. (2016). The legal environment today (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

A print version of the Quinn eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire it on your own if you wish. There is no print option for the custom Miller & Cross eText.

Other Resources

All other course materials 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 425 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

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.

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