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E-Commerce Professional Certificate


This certificate is for students who want to learn advanced computer and marketing skills and the business principles necessary to do business over the internet. Courses can be taken online. A course completed while earning a certificate can be applied to the A.A.S. or A.S. in Business Computer Systems and Management degrees. This certificate qualifies for the Work Investment Act.



2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1100
    Course Title:Introduction to Business      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the functions of the for-profit and non-profit business entity. Business and its environment, organization and management, ownership, finance, production, marketing, human resources, and control systems are reviewed. The course helps students understand the contribution of business to the American economy using current business publications, media, and web resources to focus on applications of current business technologies. Business ethics and teamwork are also examined. This course will enable the student to more intelligently pursue advanced business courses and to choose a business career.
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    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:2600
    Course Title:Principles of Marketing      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides a market-oriented perspective to business decision-making. Students will learn how marketers provide value in satisfying customer needs and wants, determine which target markets the organization can best serve, and decide upon appropriate products, services, and programs to serve these markets. Topics include branding and product development, pricing strategies, marketing research, promotion, supply chain management, and service marketing. Current trends and developments in marketing practices are analyzed and strategic marketing ideas are implemented within an ethical framework. Courses Recommended: BUS 1100 Introduction to Business and CIS 1101 Business Computer Systems I
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Photoshop Essentials for Business      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introductory course in business computer graphics. This course is for anyone who has to prepare digital images for business publications for print or for the Web. Students will learn how to use Photoshop's tools to create and enhance digital images. Students will create images from composites as well as separate document objects into layers. Course content will include techniques to retouch photos, i.e. removal of red eye, softening blemishes and imperfections, and elimination of unwanted items from digital photographs. Students will learn how to prepare and save images in different formats for different purposes, such as for use on the Web, in print and in other computer programs. Recommended: Knowledge of the keyboard
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1310
    Course Title:The Whole Internet      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the Internet. This course is for anyone who wants to use the internet effectively, efficiently and safely, understand the uses of the Internet, create web pages and also increase their confidence and knowledge. Students will learn about the basic technology that supports the internet, effectively use e-mail and other types of communication, explore virtual communities and web tools, use search engines and directories to find information on the internet, evaluate the quality of web resources, locate software, explore e-commerce concepts, learn how to use the internet safely, manage common security threats and create web pages. Students will use e-mail, a class web site, and other web based tools to develop proficiency. The course explores current internet innovations. Previous exposure to the internet is not required.
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1320
    Course Title:Web Tools      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on exploring, evaluating and learning how to use the latest tools and applications on the Internet. You will explore your interests and build a portfolio to demonstrate what you can do using innovative web based tools. Some of the tools and applications may include: Marketing and Business, Professional Networking, Virtual Environments, Bookmarking, Social Networks, Multimedia, Photos and Digital Images, Employment and Jobs, Collaboration, Video-Sharing Sites, Podcasts, Wikis, Blogs, Content Aggregation and Management, Organization, Games and Entertainment and more. This course is for anyone who wants to increase their internet skills and knowledge and understand current web tools. Some knowledge of the internet is required such as ability to use email and search engines. If you need more internet knowledge before taking this class, CIS 1310 The Whole Internet is recommended. The course may be modified as class needs dictate and to incorporate current events.
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:2310
    Course Title:Introduction to E-Commerce      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces students to the key strategic business and technological elements of electronic commerce. Students will explore the theory, practice and technology of conducting business over the internet and the World Wide Web. This course is for students who want to put their business on the internet, work at companies that want to do business over the internet, want to know more about business and the internet or want to know more about emerging e-commerce technology. Students will focus on applying key concepts through hands-on real world e-commerce planning and web site development. Topics covered include identifying e-commerce opportunities, marketing and selling on the internet, building a web presence, designing a web site, improving efficiency and reducing costs through business-to-business activities, using social networking to connect with customers and suppliers, exploring mobile commerce opportunities, analyzing electronic commerce software, hardware and commerce service providers, investigating electronic payment systems, examining electronic commerce security, thinking globally, scrutinizing legal, ethical and tax issues and planning. Also includes identifying current issues in e-commerce and emerging technology. Experience with programming languages or creating web sites is not required. NOTE: Computer and internet knowledge recommended
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    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    5 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credit Required17

  • Program Outcomes

    • Apply technology, business and marketing skills to create a business on the internet or contribute to business internet efforts
    • Identify E-Commerce opportunities
    • Market and sell on the internet
    • Build a web presence
    • Design a web site
    • Utilize E-Commerce strategies
    • Understand electronic payment systems, and security, international, legal, ethical and tax issues
    • Prepare digital images for business publications for print or for the Web
    • Use Photoshop's tools to create and enhance digital images
    • Use the latest tools and applications on the Internet
    • Understand how the internet works
    • Use the internet safely and effectively
    • Use up-to-date technology and computer applications
    • Display information literacy
    • Access and evaluate information effectively
    • Formulate solutions to business problems using facts, logic, creativity, and values
    • Demonstrate effective written communications skills in business situations
    • Interact and collaborate across cultures in business
    • Determine the interrelationships of the operations, administration, marketing and financing functions of business
    • Integrate the global, ethical and legal aspects of business

  • Career Opportunities

    p>Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

    Gainful Employment Program Information

    E-Commerce Professional

  • Transfer Information

    p>If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    p>Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least one-third of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

    p>North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the: Higher Learning Commission 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504 1-800-621-7440

Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach Office
Educational Services Building