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Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MSc Electronic Commerce

理學碩士(電子商貿)


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P17
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings and/or Saturdays
Indicative Intake Target 45
Minimum No. of Credits Required 33
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year (3 semesters);
Part-time: 2 years (5 semesters)
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Application Deadline
31 May 2017 (Local & Non-local)
Mode of processing Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr W K CHAN (Department of Computer Science)
BEng MPhil PhD (HKU)
Programme Leader
Dr Christoph SCHNEIDER (Department of Information Systems)
BA (Washington State University), PhD (Washington State University)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8580
Remarks: The programme is jointly offered by the Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Systems.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.



Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to equip students with the skills necessary to become IT professionals that are competent in evaluating and developing e-Commerce systems and services within a business context. In contrast to e-Commerce programmes offered elsewhere in Hong Kong, which tend to concentrate either on technology or business aspects, this programme takes a broad-based inter-disciplinary approach. Students will gain knowledge and skills in core business and technical related subjects, together with an in-depth understanding of the specific managerial, regulatory, and technical issues involved in the exploitation of e-Commerce.  Students will also acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze, plan, design, develop, and maintain e-Commerce systems.

 

Upon completion of the programme, graduates should have attained skills and competencies in the following areas:

  • understanding of the technologies underpinning the implementation of e-Commerce systems;
  • ability to help evaluate and develop electronic commerce opportunities for business;
  • competence in evaluating and using software and security methodologies and tools in support of electronic commerce operations;
  • knowledge and skills to construct a variety of electronic commerce systems in support of service and business goals;
  • skills in the use of software technology to support accounting, marketing and analysis of electronic commerce operations; and
  • understanding of the legal environment surrounding e-Commerce, as well as changes in traditional marketing brought about by e-Commerce.
 

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have:

  • a recognised bachelor's degree in a Computing discipline (e.g., Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology); or
  • a recognised bachelor's degree in a related discipline (e.g., Electronic Engineering, Economics and Finance, Applied Mathematics, Manufacturing Engineering, Business Information Technology) preferably with applicable IT experience; or
  • have obtained a good alternative qualification with substantial IT professional experience acceptable to the University; and
  • sufficient command of the English language.

 

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • a score of 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.
 

Course Description

The programme consists of 33 credit units of required courses and elective courses. Students are expected to complete the programme within 1 to 2 years.

 

The courses fall into one of the following categories:

  • business and legal aspects of e-commerce
  • e-commerce systems management and applications
  • technical knowledge and skills for developing e-commerce systems

 

The required courses are:

  • Computer Networks and Internets
  • Internet Application Development
  • Information Security for e-Commerce
  • Introduction to e-Commerce
  • e-Commerce Project
  • e-Business System Integration
  • Analysis and Design of e-Commerce Systems
  • e-Commerce Business Strategies and Management

 

A student must take all the 8 required courses. Up to 3 courses can be credit transferred (waived) based on the student's previous studies.  There is a rich set of elective courses to choose from. Examples are:

  • Big Data Algorithms and Techniques
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Finance
  • Cyber Law
  • Data Warehousing & Data Mining
  • Economics for Business
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Information Security Technology Management
  • Information Systems Infrastructure and Security Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Multimedia Technologies & Applications
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Topics on eCommerce Technologies