Curriculum structure

Curriculum structure

Graduation requirement

Students must complete 72 credits to graduate.

Study period

Part-time: 2-3 years

Full-time: 1-2 years

Enrolment mode

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

     OR

(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
ECOM6013 E-commerce technologies
ECOM6029 E-business transformation
ICOM6012 Internet infrastructure technologies
ICOM6034 Website engineering
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).

Discipline Courses
ECOM6014 E-marketing
ECOM6016 Electronic payment systems
ECOM6020 Customer relationship management: business strategies and techniques
ECOM6022 Topics in electronic commerce
ECOM6023 E-financial services
ECOM6024 Mobile and pervasive commerce
ECOM6030 Web 2.0 strategy and innovation
ECOM6032 E-discovery and digital forensics
ECOM6036 Entrepreneurship development
ICOM6027 E-crimes: digital crime scenes and legal sanctions
ICOM6041 An introduction to cloud computing
ICOM6042 Designing apps for smart mobile phones
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: http://www.cs.hku.hk/msc.  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.