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Dr Mahbubur Rahim
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +61 3 990 59952 +61 3 990 32352
Fax: +61 3 990 31077

Contact hours: 11AM to 1PM (e-mail: mahbubur.rahim@infotech.monash.edu.au)

Lecturer(s) / Leader(s):


Dr Mahbubur Rahim
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +61 3 990 59952 +61 3 990 32352
Fax: +61 3 990 31077

Contact hours: Thursday 11AM to 1PM (e-mail: mahbubur.rahim@infotech.monash.edu.au)

Additional communication information:

New phone number is: 99032352

Unit synopsis

This unit incorporates organisational, inter-organisational and foundational technological issues in e-Business systems. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of trading systems so they can be better placed within an e-Business context. Various types of e-business models are discussed. Contents and processes involved in e-business planning and strategy development are reviewed. Ways to manage changes caused by e-business initiatives are discussed. Electronic auctions and their relationships with business procurement processes are discussed. Security mechanisms safeguarding e-business transactions are reviewed.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:
  • various types of e-business models adopted by organisations;
  • how e-Business projects facilitate trading processes found in organisations, the role of strategic planning to e-Business initiatives, and the basics of various types of web-enabled auction strategies and how they relate to electronic procurement projects undertaken by organisations.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • develop an ability to identify and manage changes caused by introducing e-Business initiatives;
  • develop an ability to select appropriate e-Business projects to business.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • develop a professional attitude towards the management and development of e-Business projects;
  • develop the skills for preparing e-business strategy in alignment with business goals.

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


The expected workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour tutorial  (requiring advance preparation especially for case study scenarios)
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
  • You will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks for assignments.

Unit relationships


Completion of 12 points from FIT



Teaching and learning method

Teaching approach

Teaching and learning approach will be based on the use of behaviourism and cognitivism theories. This is because the students are very much given a controlled environment with a pre-defined set of learning objectives which they must satisfy by demonstrating measurable outcomes through tutorials and assignments. The theory of cognitivism is suitable for this unit because the learners have their knowledge built by the lecturer who aims to convey his mental construct of the concepts of advanced business information systems to the learners. The message passed by the lecturer helps learners in understanding and internalizing the principles of the unit.

Timetable information

For information on timetabling for on-campus classes please refer to MUTTS, http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Tutorial allocation

On-campus students should register for tutorials/laboratories using the Allocate+ system: http://allocate.its.monash.edu.au/

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Topic References/Readings Key dates
1 19/07/10 eBusiness overview Turban (2010) text book  
2 26/07/10 Online retailing Turban (2010) text book  
3 02/08/10 Online retailing and its impact on industry Turban (2010) text book  
4 09/08/10 E-marketplaces Turban (2010) text book  
5 16/08/10 B2B buyside eBusiness Turban (2010) text book  
6 23/08/10 B2B sell side eBusiness Turban (2010) text book Assignment 1 due
7 30/08/10 B2B sell side e-marketplaces Turban (2010) text book  
8 06/09/10 Electronic government Turban (2010) text book  
9 13/09/10 Mobile commerce Turban (2010) text book  
10 20/09/10 Stratgey for e-commerce Turban (2010) text book  
Mid semester break
11 04/10/10 Legal and ethical issues in eBusiness Pearlson, Keri & Saunders, Carol S. (2006) text book chapter 8 and Turban (2010) text book  
12 11/10/10 Online community and collaborative commerce Turban (2010) and Kenneth Laudon and Carol Traver (2009) text book chapter 11 Assignment 2 due
13 18/10/10 Exam revision    

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

Improvements to this unit

Based on student feedback, very technical oriented XML was removed. Two new topics were included:  collaborative commerce and online social networking.

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

Efraim Turban, David King, Jae Lee, Ting-Peng Liang and Deborrah Turban (2010) Electronic commerce 2010: A Managerial Perspective, Pearson

Recommended text(s) and readings

a) Dave Chaffey (2009) E-business and e-commerce management, Fourth edition, FT Prentice Hall.  

b) Gary P. Schneider (2009) Electronic commerce, 8th edition, Course Technology, Cengage Learning. 

Equipment and consumables required or provided

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to 3 to 4 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

  • Weekly detailed lecture notes outlining the learning objectives, discussion of the contents required readings and  exercises
  • Weekly tutorial or laboratory tasks and exercises
  • Sample exam paper



Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Faculty assessment policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit.

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of 49-N will be recorded for the unit.

Assignment tasks

Assignment coversheets

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Assignment submission and return procedures, and assessment criteria will be specified with each assignment.

Assignment submission and preparation requirements will be detailed in each assignment specification. Submission must be made by the due date otherwise penalties will be enforced. You must negotiate any extensions formally with your campus unit leader via the in-semester special consideration process: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html.

  • Assignment task 1
    Assignment 1: Blue Nile dot com - Success and impact on jewelry industry
    This assignment has been designed to test students' understanding about how competition in the industry has been changed as a result of the emergence of many successful dot companies.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assignment will be evaluated for the relevance and accuracy of analysis of information collected from exsiting literature and Blue Nile.com company.

    Due date:
    August 27 (Friday), 2010
  • Assignment task 2
    Assignment 2: E-government assessment of Australian council web sites
    This broad aim of this assignment is to test students' understanding about e-government initiatives. The assignment requires students to evaluate the current practice of digital government by any two municipality councils located in the state of Victoria, Australia. Students are required to apply Moon’s (2002) five-stage e-government framework and use a set of measures (will be provided) which were developed based on that framework, to assist their evaluation of the e-government practice adopted by the selected councils drawing on their web sites.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Useful criteria will be given on assignment documents
    Due date:
    15 October (Friday) 2010


  • Weighting:
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Exams paper consists of three parts: MCQ, discussion questions and mini-case based analytical questions
See Appendix for End of semester special consideration / deferred exams process.

Due dates and extensions

Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are not regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Students requesting an extension for any assessment during semester (eg. Assignments, tests or presentations) are required to submit a Special Consideration application form (in-semester exam/assessment task), along with original copies of supporting documentation, directly to their lecturer within two working days before the assessment submission deadline. Lecturers will provide specific outcomes directly to students via email within 2 working days. The lecturer reserves the right to refuse late applications.

A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Refer to the Faculty Special consideration webpage or further details and to access application forms: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html

Late assignment

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day, including weekends. Assignments received later than one week (seven days) after the due date will not normally be accepted. In some cases, this period may be shorter if there is a need to discuss sample solutions.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be discussed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment.

Return dates

Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.


Please visit the following URL: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/appendix.html for further information about:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Unit evaluations
  • Communication, participation and feedback
  • Library access
  • Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)
  • Plagiarism, cheating and collusion
  • Register of counselling about plagiarism
  • Non-discriminatory language
  • Students with disability
  • End of semester special consideration / deferred exams
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