INFS 640 - Introduction to
Electronic Commerce [Credits: 3], Fall 2014
Description: Studies electronic
commerce from both managerial and technical perspectives.
Topics include e-commerce models and concepts; Internet and
web protocols and infrastructure; e-commerce marketing and
branding; security protocols and standards; e-commerce payment
systems; and case studies of business-to-consumer,
business-to-business, consumer-to-consumer, and e-government.
INFS 501, 515, and 519; and SWE 510 or equivalent.
The topics covered correspond to selected chapters in the textbook,
"E-commerce 2014: business, technology and society, Tenth
Edition" by Kenneth C. Laudon and Carol Guercio Traver.
There will be additional readings made available throughGMU's Digital Library,including articles from
the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries, and supplemental material
presented during class sessions.
E-Commerce Business Models
E-Commerce Web Technology
E-Commerce Security, Encryption and Payment
Course dates: Thursday,
August 28 through Thursday December 11 (No class on Thanksgiving
Day, Nov 27) Location:Art and Design Building 2026 Meeting day & time:
Thursdays, 7:20pm to 10:00pm. Please arrive at class on time. We
will start on time, have a short break in the middle of each class
session, and will finish not later than 10:00pm.
Blackboard:mymason.gmu.edu All assignments,
class announcements, schedules, files and presentations will use
Professor's Email: email@example.com
In the Subject line of your email, use the prefix INFS640:
For example: Subject: INFS640: Question about Assignment #1
CS Office location:
Engineering Building, Room 4300 (see administrator)
Office hours: Call or
email for appointments.
(Okay to call at any time and leave message on voicemail)
Teaching Assistant (TA): TBA
Student grades will be determined based on class participation,
assignments, research paper review, research paper, and final exam:
Class Participation (in
class, online discussions)
Grading Guidelines: Some
assignment components are evaluated subjectively
A: means consistentlyabove and beyond the
B: means meets and occasionally exceeds the
C: meansminimally meets
the course/assignment requirements
F: means fails to meet the
Some assignment components are evaluated objectively:
95-100% A- :
90-95% B+ :
85-90% B :
80-85% C :
All work performed in this course will be subject to GMU's
Honor Code. Students are expected to do their own work in the
course unless a group project is approved by the instructor. In
papers and project reports, students are expected to write in their
own words, rather than cutting-and-pasting from sources found
on the Internet. When you do cite material from books, articles, and
the Web, enclose the material in quotes and provide a reference. If a
paragraph is used then it should be indented in the text (both left
and right margins).
preferred; plain text, HTML, StarOffice/OpenOffice,
Open Document Format, MS format documents also accepted, but the
instructor will have to convert them....it's best to do
the PDF conversion yourself and check the result before
submitting. Upload all assignments to
There a several Computer Labs available for general use by IT&E
students, which are located on the Fairfax campus. For more
information go to the web site at http://labs.vse.gmu.edu/ .
Contribute to the in-class discussions, participate in online
discussion topics posted on Blackboard. Some online discussion topics might be
selected for grading.
There will be reading assignments along with the assumption that you have actually
Lectures will augment reading material; lecture material will
be asked about on assignments, project, and on final exam.
Lecture slides (from textbook authors and from instructor's
additional material) will be posted on Blackboard.
Some material you may already know (good! that's
Some material you may have learned earlier and have
forgotten (good! you'll be reminded)
Some material you may know more than the instructor
(good! share it!).
Turn cell phones to silent
mode; if you need to make an urgent call, leave the classroom.
If you need to text,
check emails, or other activity, do not disturb other students.
Call or email the instructor if you anticipate being late or
Personal Safety and Security: The Mason Alert system
provides emergency information of various sorts. Students
can sign up for it by visiting the website https://alert.gmu.edu.
Students are also reminded that an emergency poster exists in
each classroom explaining what to do in the event of crises and
that further information about emergency procedures exists on http://www.gmu.edu/service/cert.