Course Brief

Electronic Commerce, or E-Commerce, refers to any type of commercial/business transaction where information, data, products and services are exchanged across the internet. These transactions can cover a wide diversity of business types to include: consumer-based retail sites (e.g. Amazon), sites that provide facilities such as auctions (e.g. eBay) and business exchanges between different organisations. ECommerce allows consumers to electronically exchange goods and services 24/7 with no barriers in terms of time or geography.

Within this unit, students will gain an understanding of how and why businesses and organisations develop E-Commerce strategies: to remain competitive in the global market. Students will also appreciate the elements and resources required to set up an E-Commerce site and be engaged in the design and implementation of their own strategies that would, in reality, form part of a secure E-Commerce site.


  • This course is offered in 50 contact hours.

Upon successful completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Examine the strategies employed and the impact of E-Commerce on business organisations.
  • Analyse the hardware, software, web-based and database technologies involved in setting up a secure E-Commerce site.
  • Design an E-Commerce strategy based on a given end user requirement or specification.
  • Implement an E-Commerce strategy based on a given end user requirement or specification.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing
    Acquire an honours degree in Computing via the Pearson BTEC HND in Computing route.

    The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is a wide-ranging computing qualification that equips learners with relevant, foundational knowledge and skills in computing and information systems. It is suited to those desirous of pursuing careers in the IT sector, such as systems analysts, software engineers and developers, information system design and management, and IT maintenance and technical services areas, to name a few.  

    This Level 5 Higher National Diploma qualification is recognised as an accepted route onto the later stages of a number of UK and foreign university qualifications.  

    Successful completion of the HND in Computing allows direct entry into the University of Greenwich BSc. (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems.