CSCU9YD - Technologies for e-Commerce


Dr Simon Jones, Room 4B63, Email: (Module Co-ordinator)
Dr Mario Kolberg, Room 4B60, Email:




10 credits at SCQF level 10 (Honours)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will:

  • Understand the variety of technologies available for implementing an e-commerce web site
  • Be able to use Java servlets and JSP to implement an e-commerce web site server
  • Know how to interface to an e-commerce web site through HTML forms and session management
  • Be able to use the JDBC libraries for enterprise database access and management
  • Understand the professional issues associated with running an e-commerce web site
  • Have demonstrated the ability to apply theory and techniques to unseen problems without reference to notes, to work independently and under a time constraint.

Transferable Skills

  • Software strategies for realising distributed access to databases, in particular with the JDBC classes.
  • The architectural principles of interactive Web applications.


  • Introduction    1 lecture
  • Technologies for e-commerce:    12 lectures
    • A comparison of alternative technologies
    • Extended case studies using Java servlets and JSP
    • HTML form interaction
    • Session management
    • Database access and transaction control
    • Web application and server configuration
  • Professional issues    2 lectures


Practical checkpoints (10%), e-commerce practical assignment (40%), examination (50%)

Module requirements

In assessing a student's grade for the module, the Examiners require that a student must:

Submit the assessed coursework
Non-submission of the assessed coursework will result in the award of No Grade for the module as a whole. Assessed coursework submitted late will be accepted up to five days after the submission date (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the grade will be lowered by one grade point per day or part thereof. After five days the piece of work will be deemed a non-submission, and will result in the award of No Grade for the module as a whole. This rule (regarding coursework) may be relaxed for students who can show good cause for failure to submit. "Good cause" may include illness (for which a medical certificate or other evidence will be required).
Obtain at least grade 4C (30%) for the practical checkpoints
If a student does not satisfy this requirement, then their overall module grade will be capped at 3C.
Attend the examination
If a student is unable to attend the Main examination, he/she must apply to the Student Programmes Office for a Deferred examination. If a Deferred examination is not granted, then the Examiners may allow a Repeat examination. A student who attends neither the main exam nor the Repeat/Deferred exam will be awarded No Grade for the module as a whole.
Students who obtain an overall fail grade (4A-5C) for the module following the main examination will be eligible for a Repeat examination. The grade awarded following a Repeat examination is calculated from the original checkpoint and assignment achievements together with the better of the original and new exam marks, and is capped at 3C.

Further information and teaching materials for this module.

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