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FIT2005 or GCO2852 or GCO9806 or BEG1601 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Joarder Kamruzzaman

Campus Lecturer


Joarder Kamruzzaman

South Africa

Tarirai Chani

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • develop a comprehensive knowledge about global information infrastructure;
  • understand the threats to electronic commerce on the Internet and potential security problems;
  • understand the process for the design of secure systems;
  • demonstrate the understanding and need for security protocols and procedures;
  • understand the security issues and vulnerabilities of eCommerce servers and know the defensive strategies;
  • be aware of the problems arising from active content technologies;
  • be familiar with the XML standard and examine how it can be applied to develop ecommerce applications;
  • be familiar with the mobile commerce technology and the services it offers.
  • understand and evaluate electronic payment mechanisms;
  • appreciate the privacy and legal issues and be familiar with anonymity technologies;
  • understand the applicability of intelligent software agents in electronic commerce.Students will:
  • appreciate the importance of a secure information infrastructure in conducting electronic commerce;
  • appreciate the privacy and legal issues;
  • grasp the ongoing development in emerging electronic commerce technologies including mobile commerce.Students will:
  • develop skills in XML to produce small applications.

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 (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Report on a selected infrastructure topic 30% 11 April 2011
    XML based application or design 20% 13 May 2011
    Examination 1 50% 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:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

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    Required Resources

    Public domain software is available for use in this unit. Software may be downloaded from http://www.xmlspy.com/download.html. Similar software is also available from other sources, please check the unit website for updates.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Internet history and standards  
    2 07/03/11 Web Client / Server Infrastructure  
    3 14/03/11 Securing the Enterprise Infrastructure  
    4 21/03/11 Security Mechanisms: Authentication & Encryption  
    5 28/03/11 Security Policies and Protocols: Four Case Studies  
    6 04/04/11 Mobile Commerce  
    7 11/04/11 Enterprise Messaging and XML Assignment 1 due 11 April 2011
    8 18/04/11 XML: Developing E-Commerce Applications  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Intelligent Agents  
    10 09/05/11 Web Services and the Semantic Web Assignment 2 due 13 May 2011
    11 16/05/11 Enterprise Networks: Acceptable Use  
    12 23/05/11 Intellectual property  
      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
      Report on a selected infrastructure topic
      Students will be required to submit a research report of 2500 words on a topic related to electronic commerce. Students can choose a topic out of the list given in the assignment specification or propose a new topic. This assignment will test students' understanding of infrastructure needs for electronic commerce.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Will be detailed in assignment specification.

      Due date:
      11 April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      XML based application or design
      Students will design an XML based application for electronic commerce.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Will be detailed in assignment specification.

      Due date:
      13 May 2011


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    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.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


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    Student services

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    Prescribed Texts

    Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, and Debby Russell, "Web Security, Privacy and Commerce", O'Reilly & Associates, 2002

    Reference Texts

    Michael P. Papazoglou and Pieter Ribbers, e-Business, 1st edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

    Michael J. Young, "XML step by step", 2nd edition, Microsoft Press, 2002.

    Ford W. and Baum M.,"Secure Electronic Commerce", Prentice Hall, 2001.

    Ghosh, Anup K., "Electronic Commerce Security:- Weak Links, Best Defenses", John Wiley & Sons, 1998.

    Carey K. and Blatnik S., "XML: Content and Data", 1st edition, Prentice Hall, 2002.

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