The brief descriptions of all six required course are provided below.
1. Fundamentals of Electronic Business (3 credits):
Electronic business is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of an organization by developing innovative information and communications technology throughout an organization and beyond, through links to partners and customers. Managers and decision makers need to know not only how to use the new techniques to automate existing business processes, but also how to redesign and transform processes taking advantage of electronic business. The course introduces fundamentals and infrastructure of electronic business to familiarize students with related new technology development. It also discusses how electronic business differs from traditional business in terms of business processes and business activities, and how we can set business strategy with electronic business. How to implement electronic business in current business environment will also be discussed. The tentative topics include but are not limited to the introductory-level knowledge of Internet business models, electronic commerce infrastructure, E-procurement, E-marketing, E-CRM (Customer Relationship Management).
2. Supply Chain Management in eBusiness (3 credits):
The core competence in E-business is effective transaction fulfillment. Good e-business is synonymous with powerful logistics and good supply chain relation and management. This course introduces the fundamental concepts, key issues, and problem solving tools and techniques in logistics and supply chain management. It explains how networks of firms in a supply chain must work together to enable efficient flows of information, materials, and money so that product or service reaches customers at the right time and quantity to maximize customer value. It also examines how different e-business models are matched by different logistics and supply chain structures and solutions.
3. Accounting and Financial Technology (3 credits):
Accounting is frequently called as the language of business. This course is concerned with an understanding of how accounting records and reports economic activities for the use of creditors, shareholders, government agents and other stakeholders. We will lecture the conceptual framework of accounting and the operational aspects of financial reporting. In addition to the use of accounting information for the external users, students will learn the concepts and techniques that can be used to prepare accounting reports for internal users (such as manager and directors) for their management decisions. We will also teach the concepts and methods of organizing and analyzing accounting information to facilitate management decision makings, such as planning, control and problem solving. The course will provide understandings of accounting information system and how it is designed. The students will be introduced to the assurance of the integrity of accounting information. Latest trend in the development of accounting information system will also be highlighted.
4. Business Intelligence (3 credits):
This course is designed to introduce business intelligence and its applications in eBusiness. Databases are valuable treasures containing data and hidden precious knowledge. Conventionally, the data are analyzed manually to explore the relationships among various variables. Even with powerful computers and software, analysts may not be able to recognize some hidden and potentially useful relationships. Nowadays, such problems are more acute as many organizations are performing their operations electronically and these organizations are capable of generating and collecting a huge amount of data in a relatively short period. The explosive growth of data requires a more efficient way to extract useful knowledge. Business Intelligence (BI), which is an automated process of sifting the data to get the gold buried in databases, can fulfill this requirement.
5. Mobile Technology and Applications in eBusiness (3 credits):
This course introduces the foundation of mobile technology and the basics for developing mobile applications. The course is also designed for managers to appreciate the business value of innovations in mobile technology as well as the relevant ethical issues.
6. Best Practices in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management (3 credits):
This capstone course integrates various aspects of eBusiness and supply chain management, and applies the theories, concepts, and methods covered in relevant courses. Through the use of mini-lectures, case studies, and group projects, students will study current practices in various industries and identify strategies and approaches that give an organization a competitive advantage.