E-Commerce OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level E-Commerce Course by The Open University

Published Feb 14, 2009

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'An Introduction to e-commerce and Distributed Applications' is a free undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University that provides an overall look at Internet-based commerce in general, utilizing specific examples to illustrate the processes involved and opportunities available. Business managers, entrepreneurs, economists and students interested in online business will find this course of interest.

An Introduction to e-commerce and Distributed Applications: Course Specifics

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An Introduction to e-commerce and Distributed Applications: Course Description

This undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare, offered by The Open University, examines e-commerce and sheds light on a number of online business concepts. In addition to clearly explaining the terminology used in e-commerce, the course also provides specific examples of how the Internet can be used to effectively conduct business. E-commerce opportunities used as case studies in the course include supply chain management, direct retailing, online procurement, online auctions, anonymous emailing and more. Technologies used to facilitate e-commerce, including the World Wide Web, e-mail and newsgroups are described and detailed. The course goes on to provide insights into the technical challenges that stand in the way of successful e-commerce, including digital security, coping with legacy technologies and rapidly evolving marketplaces.

There are no downloads for this course, but online course outlines are offered as well as a list of suggested readings. To learn more, visit the e-commerce course page.

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