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FIT3009 e-Business systems - Semester 1, 2011

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.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

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

Chief Examiner

Mahbubur Rahim

Campus Lecturer


Dr Mahbubur Rahim

Contact hours: Friday 2PM to 5PM, Room H7.44, Building H, Caulfield, E-mail:



Nergiz Ilhan and Pamela Spink

Contact hours: TBA

Learning Objectives

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.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

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

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Assignment 1: Analysing Website Characteristics and Revenue Models of B2C Retail Companies 20% Friday 15 April 2011
    Assignment 2: Online Procurement in the Australian Local Government Sector 20% Friday 20 May 2011
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

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    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 eBusiness overview  
    2 07/03/11 eBusiness models  
    3 14/03/11 Online retailing  
    4 21/03/11 E-marketplaces  
    5 28/03/11 B2B buy side eBusiness  
    6 04/04/11 B2B sell side eBusiness  
    7 11/04/11 B2B sell side e-marketplaces Assignment 1 due Friday 15 April 2011
    8 18/04/11 Electronic government  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Mobile commerce  
    10 09/05/11 Strategy for e-commerce  
    11 16/05/11 Legal and ethical issues in eBusiness Assignment 2 due Friday 20 May 2011
    12 23/05/11 Online social networking and collaborative commerce, exam revision  
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *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.

    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

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Assignment 1: Analysing Website Characteristics and Revenue Models of B2C Retail Companies
      The broad aim of this assignment is to test students' understanding about B2C eBusiness initiatives. The assignment requires students to visit the websites of two retail companies operating in Australia. For each selected company, students are required to perform a number of tasks. The details of these tasks are described in a set of questions included in the Assignment document. Students are required to present the outcomes of their tasks in a report.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Each question of this assignment will be evaluated in terms of such criteria as:

      • completeness of arguments
      • correctness of arguments
      • richness of arguments
      • presence of relevant information
      • and clarity of expression
      Due date:
      Friday 15 April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Assignment 2: Online Procurement in the Australian Local Government Sector
      The broad aim of this assignment is to test students’ understanding about the importance of online procurement technologies introduced in the government sector. Students are required to investigate the problems associated with the traditional procurement function in the government sector and write a report. Students are further required to visit the websites of two Australian local government councils and reflect on the type of e-procurement initiatives those councils have implemented.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Criteria will be stated on assignment documents.

      Due date:
      Friday 20 May 2011


    • Examination 1
      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.

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website:
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

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    Reading List

    Turban et al. (2010), Electronic Commerce: A Managerial Perspective, Pearson International Edition, Latest edition