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B2B Electronic Commerce (ISYS90034)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90034
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


The subject introduces students to the concepts and applications of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce (B2B EC), which involves the use of digital technologies to streamline the sourcing, acquisition, delivery and remittance of materials and services between companies. Students will understand the implications of B2B EC technologies on supply chain processes and the organisational issues related to the adoption of B2B EC technologies.

This subject is an elective subject in the Master of Information Systems and Master of Science (Information Systems).

Indicative Content

  1. B2B EC in Context
  • information exchanges and key business processes involved in the exchange of goods and services between trading partners;
  • B2B EC technologies and initiatives: the Internet, Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR); standardization of product and shipment numbering including automatic identification; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT); Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI); Evaluated Receipts Settlement (ERS); cross docking and other distribution techniques.
  • B2B EC business values
  • Competitive advantage
  1. B2B E-Market
  • B2B Electronic Market concept and framework
  • Electronic market hypothesis
  • B2B Electronic Market case studies and analysis
  1. B2B EC-enabled Supply Chain
  • Supply chain management concepts and issues
  • Inventory and replenishment concepts and initiatives including Just-In-Time (JIT) and Efficient Consumer Response (ECR)
  • Supply chain B2B technologies
  • Supply chain reengineering
  1. B2B EC Adoption
  • Organisational issues with B2B EC adoption
  • Requirements for B2B EC adoption
  • B2B EC adoption frameworks

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the technologies of B2B EC
  2. Understand the main concepts underlying the transformation of B2B processes using EC technologies
  3. Develop an appreciation of the implications of new technologies in the restructuring of supply and demand chains.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  1. Develop analytical skills through examination of case studies
  2. Improve research and academic writing skills
  3. Enhance collaborative skills through group work and discussion

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed 50 points of study to enrol in this subject (inclusive of any advanced standing/exempted credit).



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Assignment 1: One group based project (20%) with 4 group members, consisting of one assignment of approximately 1000 words and a 10 minute presentation of approximately 10 minutes duration due mid semester, requiring approximately 25-30 hours of work per student. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 2 and 3 are addressed in the group based project. This assignment is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
  • Assignment 2: One individual research paper (30%) of approximately 2500 words due at the end of the semester, requiring approximately 40-45 hours of work per student. ILOS 1 to 3 are addressed in the research paper. This assignment is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
  • One written 2 hour closed book end of semester examination (50%). ILOs 2 and 3 are addressed in the examination. The examination is a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.

Hurdle Requirement: To pass the subject, students must obtain:

  • at least 50% (25/50) in both assignments
  • at least 50% (25/50) in the examination.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorSherah Kurnia
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours, comprising of one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour workshop per week
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Dr Sherah Kurnia

    Email: sherahk@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    To be advised

    Recommended texts and other resources

    To be advised

  • Subject notes

    Learning and Teaching Methods

    The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and class discussions to explore various concepts of B2B EC and their implications on supply chain management. During workshops, students will be exposed to a supply chain simulation software to explore key aspects of supply chain management.

    Indicative Key Learning Resources

    Students will have access to lecture notes, case studies, useful reading materials, academic research papers and a supply chain simulation software.

    Careers/Industry Links

    Organisations have been relying on technologies to facilitate business to business transactions and interactions with other organisations around the globe. Understanding obtained from this subject regarding the concept of B2B EC technologies and their implications on the management of supply chain will broaden students’ career opportunities. Students will have opportunities to interact with guest lecturers from GS1 Australia and other organisations who are experienced with B2B EC technology implementation and management in large enterprises such as Coles and Myer. Students will also attend a 1-day Industry Standards training as part of GS1 Australia Certificate Course.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 20 August 2019