Service-centric Networking

Overview E-Commerce

Since the mid-1990s electronic commerce has developed into one of the most important applications of the internet, alongside the provision and procurement of information on the WWW or communication via email, instant messaging or social communities. Many users associate "shopping on the internet" primarily with the term electronic commerce, and companies such as Amazon, Ebay, Expedia and Apple are considered to be the main players. However, it is not taken into account that the actual meaning is much broader and includes, for example, trade between companies or internal procurement, delivery and planning activities. The mechanisms, methods and tools used in electronic commerce are correspondingly diverse. In addition, electronic commerce is an interdisciplinary topic in which computer science, business administration as well as law and social sciences participate.

This lecture gives an overview of the basic mechanisms of electronic commerce from the point of view of computer science and also illustrates the influence of other disciplines on these mechanisms, e.g. that of business models and incentive systems. Topics of this lecture are among others

  •     Web technologies for electronic commerce
  •     Transaction and session management
  •     Identity management
  •     Mobile payment
  •     Auction systems
  •     Rating and recommendation systems
  •     Web analysis tools
  •     Security in electronic commerce

The lecture ends with an overview of current trends, e.g. Web 2.0, mobile commerce and ubiquitous computing.

Target group

The module is to be used as an elective module:

  •      bachelor's degree in computer science as a computer science course with a focus on communication technology
  •      bachelor's degree in computer engineering as a subject of computer science or as a subject of computer engineering
  •      Bachelor of Business Informatics course
  •      in other courses after consultation with the responsible examination board or academic advisor


LectureThursdayOctober 20, 2022 - February 16, 202316:00 - 18:00Online
Lecture/ ExerciseFridayOctober 21, 2022 - February 17, 202312:00 - 14:00Online


There is an oral examination, which is assessed according to the grading scheme specified in the examination regulations. The duration of the exam is 20 to 30 minutes. The exam takes place online.

Registration for the oral module examination is required and takes place via Moses. The registration is binding and cancellations are only possible in urgent exceptional cases. In the event of an unexcused no-show, the exam is deemed to have been failed. Any other regulations of the currently valid examination regulations are not affected by this.

Lecture Material & Literature

Materials for the lecture can be found at

  • Chaffey, D. (2007). E-Business and E-Commerce Management, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall
  • Jelassi, T.; Enders, Al. (2008). Strategies for E-Business: Creating Value through Electronic and Mobile Commerce – Concepts and Cases, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall
  • Roussos, G. (Editor) (2005). Ubiquitous and Pervasive Commerce. New Frontiers for electronic Business, 1st edition, Springer
  • Schneider, G. (2008). Electronic Commerce, 8th edition, Course Technology
  • Turban, E.; Lee, J. K.; King, D.; Liang, T. P.; Turban, D. (2009). Electronic Commerce 2010, 6th edition, Prentice Hall

Further references will be given during the lecture.