<small>Proficiency Award 2 in </small><span>E Commerce</span>

Proficiency Award 2 in E Commerce

Course Code VIT004
Qualification Proficiency Award 2
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 1500 Hours

Proficiency Award 2 In E Commerce

As more business move to an online presence, knowledge of how to market online is becomeing increasing valuable. This course will help you develop an exciting mix of skills in I.T. and marketing, which are in high demand world wide. Ecommerce is a must have skill for managers in any industry not just IT because all businesses now use the world wide web as another point of sale. To successfully sell on the web knowledge of the way business and marketing goes on the web is a must have.

This course consists of 15 modules which are comprised of a blend of practical programming and web development as well marketing, ecommerce and graphics courses designed to equipe you with the diverse skills required for online business.

Accreditation: This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C

The course involves 15 modules including  100 hrs Industry Meetings/Work Experience

Industry Meetings involves attendance at committee meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, or any other events that are relevant. The student needs to submit documentary proof of attendance (eg. references, testimonials, receipts etc)


Core Modules These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Proficiency Award 2 In E Commerce.
  Industry Project BIP000
  Bookkeeping Foundations BBS103
  E Commerce BIT100
  Freelance Writing BWR102
  Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
  Marketing Foundations VBS109
  Sales Management BBS102
  Advertising and Promotions BBS202
  Digital Photography BPH202
  Graphic Design BIT205
  Information Security BIT203
  Internet Marketing BIT204
  Marketing Systems BBS303
Elective Modules In addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 7 modules.
  Publishing I BWR107
  Research Project I BGN102
  Visual Basic.Net BIT101
  Entrepreneurship BBS204
  Javascript BIT202
  Photoshop CS - Beginner To Medium Level VIT202

Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 2 In E Commerce is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Fourteen modules must be completed as follows + 100 hours work experience/industry meetings or a research project (ie Industry Project)

Module 1. Writing a Web Site (HTML)

  1. Introduction to the Internet and HTML
  2. The most important HTML Tags
  3. Simplification through HTML Construction Software
  4. Creating Links
  5. Loading a Site onto the Internet
  6. Adding Graphics
  7. Designing a Web Site that Works
  8. Advanced Features
  • Module 2   ASP.net

    1. Introduction
    2. VB.NET Essentials
    3. Web Forms
    4. Web Server Controls
    5. Form Validation
    6. Classes and Namespaces
    7. ASP.NET Applications
    8. Interacting with Databases
    9. Error Handling
    10. Email from Your Applications
    11. Project: Creating an Online Store

    Module 3   Digital Photography

    1. Introduction To Digital Technology How images are captured and stored, categories of equipment & software, scope of applications
    2. Equipment
    3. Digital Technology - Colour, resolution, sensors
    4. Digital Cameras
    5. Taking Photographs
    6. Scanners
    7. Uploading Images
    8. The Digital Darkroom
    9. Compositing & Imaging - Production & manipulation of images
    10. Special Effects
    11. Outputs & Applications- Printers, The Internet

    Module 4   E Commerce

    1. Introduction – what is e-commerce (more than the internet)
    2. Success and failure – what makes the difference
    3. Promotional strategies – are different on the internet
    4. Optimizing web site potential
    5. Increasing web site exposure
    6. Automating supply of goods, services and cash flow
    7. Managing constant change
    8. Dealing with e-commerce problems

    Module 5   Visual Basic.Net

    1. Introduction
    2. The Variables
    3. Understanding conditional statements
    4. I/O handling
    5. Controls and Objects – An Introduction
    6. Structured Programming using Modules
    7. Properties, methods, events & classes
    8. Inheritance
    9. Polymorphism
    10. Using controls
    11. Debugging
    12. Developing a complete VB.NET application

    Module 6   Photoshop

    1. Learning The Menus
    2. Working with Digital Image Files
    3. Understanding the Tool Palette
    4. Using Layers, Actions and History
    5. Digital Painting, Shapes and Colours
    6. Selecting, Resizing, Transforming and Masking
    7. Adjustments and modifications
    8. Adding Filters and Styles
    9. Preparing Files for Print and Web

    Module 7   Publishing I (Introduction to Publishing)

    1. Nature and Scope of the Publishing world
    2. Desktop Publishing A
    3. Desktop Publishing B
    4. Illustration: Graphics
    5. Illustration: Photography
    6. Research Skills : Market Research, researching an article, etc
    7. Marketing of Publications
    8. Ethics & the law in publishing
    9. Developing a publishing project
  • Module 8   Freelance Writing

    1. Introduction
    2. Basic Writing Skills
    3. The Publishing World
    4. Manuscripts
    5. Planning
    6. Newspaper Writing
    7. Magazine Writing
    8. Writing books
    9. Writing advertising
    10. Special project
  • Module 9 Marketing (Foundations)

    Marketing is the cornerstone of most modern businesses. Lack of marketing knowledge is frequently the reason why a good business concept does not succeed. This module deals with all aspects of marketing from presentation and packaging, to advertising and selling, developing in you an acute awareness of what is needed to achieve and maintain a good market share.

    1. Marketing and the Business
    2. Scope of Marketing
    3. Target Marketing
    4. The Marketing Mix and Managing the Marketing Effort
    5. Product Presentation and Packaging
    6. Promotion
    7. Product Pricing and Distribution
    8. Customer Service
    9. Market Research
    10. Organisations - Structures and Roles

    Module 10   Sales Management

    1. Developing Sales Concepts
    2. Developing Sales Relationships
    3. Sales Ethics
    4. Building Product Knowledge
    5. Developing a Customer Strategy
    6. Presentation Strategy Options
    7. Closing a Sale
    8. Managing Yourself
    9. Managing a Sales Team
  • Module 11   Advertising and Promotions

    1. Analysing the market
    2. Target Marketing
    3. Display and Display Techniques
    4. Advertising and Promotions strategy
    5. New product development
    6. Sales Techniques – General
    7. Writing Advertisements
    8. Electronic Marketing
    9. Direct Mailing
    10. Exhibitions and Shows

    Module 12   Marketing Systems

    1. Marketing systems
    2. Retailing systems and strategies
    3. Wholesaling systems and strategies
    4. Product presentation and packaging
    5. Negotiating skills
    6. Marketing organisations
    7. International marketing
    8. International marketing 2
    9. Analysing the market
    10. The marketing mix

    Module 13   Bookkeeping Foundations

    1. Introduction – Nature and Function of Accounting for Service Firms
    2. Balance Sheet
    3. Analysing and Designing Accounting Systems
    4. The Double Entry Recording Process
    5. Cash Receipts and Cash Payments Journal
    6. Credit Fees and Purchases Journal
    7. The General Journal
    8. Closing the Ledger
    9. Profit and Loss Statement
    10. Depreciation on Non-current Assets
    11. Profit Determination and Balance Day Adjustments
    12. Cash Control: Bank Reconciliation and Petty Cash
    13. Cash Control: Budgeting

    Module 14 Research Project I

    The Research Project involves some theoretical studies followed by designing, conducting and writing up research on a relevant topic. Selection of the topic, and progress in this project is monitored and guided by a tutor.



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