Pattern of study
Students are required to complete 72 credits of courses selected from the syllabus which must include capstone experience.
Part-time: 2-3 years
Full-time: 1-2 years
Students can study in one of the following enrolment modes:
(a) Course (60 credits)^ + Case Study Project (12 credits)
i.e. 10 Courses + Case Study Project
(b) Courses (48 credits)^ + Dissertation (24 credits)
i.e. 8 Courses + Dissertation
^ Each course normally carries 6 credits.
Selection of Courses
Our curriculum has been developed to meet the emerging needs of businesses in a rapidly changing global market. It tries to provide an integration of technology with businesses, and consists of courses falling into two major and related areas: electronic commerce (ECOM) courses and Internet computing (ICOM) courses. Students are encouraged to take courses in both areas, provided they have the necessary pre-requisite knowledge for the particular course.
Students have to complete at least 4 courses (total 24 credits) from the following list of fundamental courses.
|Fundamental Discipline Courses|
|ECOM6004||Legal aspects of IT and e-commerce|
|ECOM6008||Supply chain and e-logistics management|
|ICOM6012||Internet infrastructure technologies|
|ICOM6045||Fundamentals of e-commerce security|
|ICOM6046||Semantic data architecture|
Students can select any courses in MSc(ECom&IComp) discipline, including both fundamental courses in the above table and the courses listed below, to fulfill the credits requirement of courses. They can be any mixture of courses from ECOM and/or ICOM area(s).
|ECOM6016||Electronic payment systems|
|ECOM6020||Customer relationship management: business strategies and techniques|
|ECOM6022||Topics in electronic commerce|
|ECOM7121||Dynamic digital capabilities|
|ECOM7122||Entrepreneurship development and FinTech ventures in Asia|
|ECOM7123||Building smart cities: an information system approach|
|ECOM7124||Mobile and IoT computing services and applications|
|ICOM6027||E-crimes: digital crime scenes and legal sanctions|
|ICOM6044||Data science for business|
Details of the courses can be found in the course descriptions section.
The courses, both in terms of range and syllabus, are not only updated and revised continuously. The list of courses is also subject to change because occasionally we may decide not to offer a particular course in one year or to add some new ones, based on the findings of the annual curriculum review. Some course are offered in alternate year.
For those of you who wish to cover the technology in more depth, you may select additional courses (a maximum of two courses) from any other master-level programmes in Computer Science or Engineering. The popular MSc(CompSc) programme, also managed by us, has 20 courses for your selection. Details can be found at: https://www.msc-cs.hku.hk. In this way, you can customize a personal portfolio to meet your particular needs, interest and career goals.
Capstone experience: Dissertations and Case Study Projects
There are two choices for the capstone experience:
(i) Case study project (12 credits); or
(ii) Dissertation (24 credits)
The Dissertations and Case study projects are to provide an opportunity for students (i) to dive in depth into either a business case and/or a technology development in the e-commerce and Internet computing, and apply their body of knowledge learned in the programme to implement the business plan and/or the relevant technology to demonstrate its feasibility in a real or simulated business environment and (ii) to undertake a significant independent piece of research work under the supervision of academics in The University of Hong Kong.
Students also have to participate in some supplementary workshops.