What is e-commerce? E-commerce and distributed applications, will look at typical application areas including the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. It will also help you to understand the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications before looking at some of the problems that can be encountered when developing distributed e-commerce systems.

After studying this course, you should be able to:
detail what is meant by the term ‘e-commerce’
examine some typical distributed applications
detail some of the problems that are encountered when developing distributed applications
describe briefly some of the technologies that are used to support distributed applications
show how some of the technologies detailed in the course are used in concert to realize a typical commercial system.

This course examines the type of system which is described by the umbrella term ‘e-commerce’. A number of typical application areas are examined including retailing using the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. The course also looks at some of the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications, for example web technology. The final part of the course looks at some of the problems which are encountered when developing distributed e-commerce systems, for example problems in ensuring that a system is kept secure from criminal activity. It concludes with an examination of a typical retailing system, how some of the technologies fit together and business models used in the internet.

Course Curriculum

E-commerce and distributed systems
Distributed systems Details 00:04:00
Commerce and the internet Details 00:04:00
E-commerce applications
Example: Supply chain management Details 00:10:00
E-tailing Details 00:10:00
Procurement Details 00:10:00
Auction sales Details 00:10:00
The facilities of the internet used to support e-commerce and e-business systems
The World Wide Web Details 00:10:00
FTP Details 00:10:00
Email Details 00:04:00
Newsgroup Details 00:08:00
Mailing List Details 00:08:00
Issues and problems affecting internet, e-commerce and e-business development
Legacy technology Details 00:09:00
Security an Privacy
Security and Privacy Details 00:10:00
Programming and abstraction Details 00:08:00
The speed of development Details 00:09:00
Structure and data Details 00:07:00
Problems with transaction Details 00:04:00
Design Details 00:07:00
A distributed system
The architecture of a typical e-commerce system Details 00:00:00
The application Details 00:07:00
The architecture Details 00:09:00
The Sydney Olympic Games system Details 00:08:00
Internet business models
What is a business model Details 00:02:00
Business Models Details 01:30:00
Quiz 00:04:00

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