INFS 640 Introduction to Electronic Commerce                  Fall 2010


Dr. E. H. Sibley: esibley

Office: Engineering [level 5] 5355

Available Monday and Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm in my office, or by appointment at other times

David King 1006

Please arrive at class on time. We will start promptly at 4.30 and a short break about 6PM

Course Overview

The Internet and the World Wide Web are revolutionizing the way people, businesses and governments interact and transact business via electronic commerce. This will have enormous impact on all our bsiness and social activities and the way we relate to people and organizations. This course will examine the major technologies and trends that enable E-Commerce, including the Internet, security, software and hardware architectures, policy and social/economic issues.

Office hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm, or by appointment


The topics correspond to chapters in the textbook:

"E-commerce: business, technology and society"

by Kenneth C. Laudon and Carol G. Traver.

There may be additional readings made available through GMU's Digital Library, and supplemental material presented during class. 


Student grades will be based on presentations, homework assignments, a research paper, a project, and two one-hour exams:



Homework 4 @2. 5%


Research Paper


Paper Presentation


Midterm Exam




Project Presentation


Final Exam


Honor Code

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 pre-approved. In papers and project reports, students are expected to write in their own words, rather than cutting-and-pasting from sources on the Internet or elsewhere. If you do use material from books, articles, or the Web, enclose the material in quotes and provide a reference. This should not be excessive! If a paragraph is used then it should be indented in the text (both left and right margins).




Reading, etc.

Sept 1

Introduction, Syllabus,

Introduction to E-Commerce Concepts

EC-LT: Chapters 1-2

Sept 8

Revolution is Just Beginning and E-Commerce Business Models and Concepts

REC-LT: Chapter 3

Homework 1

DueJan 31 2010

Sept 15

Web 2.0 Topics, Research Paper and Project Requirements

Papers & Notes;
EC-LT: Chapter 3

Sept 22

The Internet and World Wide Web: E-Commerce Infrastructure

Research Paper Title Due;

EC-LT: Chapter 4

Homework 2 Due

Sept 29

Building an E-Commerce Site and Performance

Project Topic Due with Team Members;

Oct 6

One Hour Exam

Legal Aspects of e-commerce

EC-LT: Chapter 5

Oct 13

Spring Break


Oct 20

Customer Behavior and CBMG

Homework 3 Due

Oct 27

Legal Aspects. (Cont.)

EC-LT: Chapter 6

Nov 3

E-Commerce Security & Encryption

Research Paper Due

Nov 10

B2C & B2B Marketing and Branding Strategies

EC-LT: Chapter 7

Nov 17

Research Paper Presentations 1

EC-LT: Chapters 10 & 11

Dec 1

Research Paper Presentations 2

Homework 4 Due

Project files due

Dec 8

Research Paper Presentations 3



Project Presentations

Exam (1 hour).



Writing Style

Assume that your audience is an intelligent reader with computer knowledge who is not familiar with your specific paper topic. Do not use slang or colloquialisms; some readers whose first language is not English may not understand phrases such as "the system was wedged," Do not misuse terms or use those whose meanings are unclear, like "increased exponentially", or "steep learning curve."


Check your grammar and spelling; if you need help expressing yourself, get help from GMU's Writing Center at Read the paper aloud to yourself or a friend to help you indentify misused words and phrases. Avoid jargon. Explain and reference concepts critical to your topic. Expand NTAs [Non-Trivial Abbreviations] on first use. Avoid meaningless marketing terms (like "seamless integration")

Read for some useful guidance on writing technical papers      

Last updated: August 11. 2010