Course Descriptions

Electronic Commerce:

EC 251 -  Introduction to Electronic Business - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: C/IL 104) This course explores how the Internet has revolutionized the buying and selling of goods and services in the marketplace. Topics include Internet business models, electronic commerce infrastructure, designing on-line storefronts, payment acceptance, and security issues, and the legal and ethical challenges of electronic commerce. Students will also gain hands-on experience in creating a website using an HTML authoring tool.

EC 261 - Introduction to Business Programming - 3 credits

The focus of this course is to introduce students to business programming using tools such as Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). More specifically, it will train students how to write programs that automate various tasks in Excel, and develop applications that support business decision making. The ultimate goal will be n the creation of applications that will allow managers to make effective data-driven decisions. Advanced Excel skills such as Power Pivot and Pivot tables will also be covered. Students will gain insights into how to continue developing their skills in their careers.

EC 361 - Electronic Business Communication Networks - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: EC 251 or equivalent) The course is designed to provide students with networking and telecommunications fundamentals necessary to develop enterprise networks to conduct business on the Internet. Topics include network fundamentals and technologies, wireless networks and the Internet, network security, management, and trends. The discussion is focused on business applications within and among organizations. Hands-on experience and case studies will be used to illustrate concepts.

EC 362 - Database Management Systems for Electronic Business - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: EC 251 or equivalent) This course deals with the use of database management systems to support electronic business. Topics include data modeling; database design and normalization; structured query language (SQL); database application development; integration of web server and database server; distributed databases; data warehousing; and data mining.

EC 372 - Accounting for Electronic Business - 3 credits

(Prerequisites: ACC 252 or ACC 254, junior standing) Introduces students to the role accounting is playing in today's business environment and how technology has impacted the techniques of accounting and reporting. Computerized models of accounting are used to explore the software tools available for decisions and reporting. Internet business and traditional business transactions will be evaluated. Students will see the effects of control features built into software systems.

EC 461 - Internet Applications Development - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: EC 362 or permission of instructor) An introduction to existing and evolving Internet technologies needed for website development and management. Client and server-side scripts will be utilized to explore their role in interacting with customers, customizing web pages, processing forms, maintaining state, and connecting to databases. Course delivery will be primarily conducted through hands-on assignments and projects.

EC 462 - Projects in Electronic Business - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: EC 461) In this course, students will integrate their knowledge and skill in business and technology to acquire the big picture of electronic business. The purpose of this course is to synthesize knowledge acquired in different courses to develop a secure working electronic commerce site. Students will work in a team-oriented environment under the guidance of the instructor.

EC 470 - Supply Chain Management - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: OIM 352 or permission of instructor) Many companies view Supply Chain Management as the core of their business strategy. The student will learn how principles of Supply Chain Management integrate into the management of the enterprise and the business processes. Students will examine the use of information technologies in Supply Chain Management. Computer software will be used to gain hands-on experience. (EC 470 and OIM 366 are jointly offered.)

EC 471 - Information Systems Security - 3 credits

(Prerequisites: EC 361, EC 362) The course provides students with a basic understanding of the technical, managerial, legal and ethical issues of information security. Topics include cryptographic systems, IP concepts and behavior, Internet and systems threat assessment, secure transactions and payments, anti-virus tools, password management and cracking, and system auditing. Students will largely utilize Microsoft Windows platforms, but other operating systems will be discussed. 

EC 472 - Electronic Business and Entrepreneurship - 3 credits

(Prerequisites: EC 361, EC 362) The course examines the issues related to the starting of new technology-based businesses. It focuses on entrepreneurial traits, idea generation, entry strategies, marketing plans and development of business plans. Venture capital and other forms of financing will also be covered. In addition, there will be a discussion on legal and intellectual properties issues. (EC 472 and OIM 472 are offered jointly.)

EC 473 - Business Applications of Communication Networks - 3 credits

(Prerequisite: OIM 471) Use of computer and telecommunication networks to achieve organizational goals. Topics include data communications; planning and design of communication networks; data integrity, independence, and security; client-server computing; global communication; the Internet; applications of telecommunication networks and current issues and future trends. (EC 473, and OIM 473 are offered jointly.)