The development of a graduate diploma in eCommerce


In 2000 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) developed a new Graduate Diploma in eCommerce, which has been offered since early 2001. The purpose of this paper is to describe how the curriculum and delivery of the Graduate Diploma in eCommerce prepares its graduates for the “Inter-related Role of the eCommerce Professional” as described by Chan and Swatman (2000) and the multi-disciplinary nature of eCommerce as described by Turban et al (2002). Many tertiary education institutions in the Asia Pacific region have incorporated eCommerce and eBusiness related subjects into their curriculum, with some having created majors or specialisations for existing qualifications, while others have created new qualifications at undergraduate, graduate or post graduate level. The nature and level of many of these new qualifications have been well document by a number of writers including Chan and Swatman (2000b, 2001 and 2002). Chan and Swatman (2000a) in an analysis of the eCommerce/eBusiness job markets developed a model of the “Inter-related Role of the eCommerce Professional”. This model is in affect a three-legged stool made up of Commerce/Business, Electronics and People. A number of other writers also point to eCommerce being multidisciplinary as opposed to being a single discipline in itself, with most writers, including Turban et al. (2002), and Nesbit (2001 and 2002) reaching the point of saying that the underlying disciplines fall into the three categories of business, technology and social sciences. The paper also includes a description of how the qualification is structured into two optional specialisations of Web Programming and eBusiness Strategies and looks at the combination of courses that typical students might complete as part of the qualification.


Nesbit, T.




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Nesbit, T. (2003). The development of a graduate diploma in eCommerce. Presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ 2003), Palmerston North, New Zealand.

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