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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Electronic Commerce (MECom)


1.   Candidates for the degree of Master of Electronic Commerce must
  (a)   have completed a bachelors degree with honours or a postgraduate diploma in an area of business or technology related to electronic commerce, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  (b)   have completed a paper in research methods, and have demonstrated their research and academic writing skills with the previous successful completion of a dissertation or significant research project, and if not, may be required to undertake pre-qualifying papers, and
  (c)   have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
2.   In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not meet the standard entry requirements specified in section 1 of these regulations may, on the basis of evidence of adequate training and ability, be permitted to enrol in the Master of Electronic Commerce subject to the completion of any qualifying papers or additional work as may be required by the Academic Board, either prior to admission or concurrently.
3.   Candidates must enrol and follow an approved programme of study in the Waikato Management School for at least one year.
4.   Candidates must gain a total of 120 points at Level 5, including any compulsory papers prescribed in the Calendar.
5.   Candidates are required to include in their programme of study
  (a)   a 60 point dissertation
  (b)   60 points from the approved list of papers (see the appendix)
6.   If a candidate fails a paper then he or she may repeat the paper once or take an alternative paper. A candidate who fails more than one paper will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.
7.   The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (first division), Second Class Honours (second division) or without honours. The final result for the degree and whether it will be awarded with honours will be determined after all of the work for the degree has been assessed. Candidates will be eligible for consideration for the award of honours only on the first occasion on which the requirements of the degree are completed.
8.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations Governing Graduate Degrees apply in these regulations and include provisions for the variation and waiver of these regulations in individual cases by the Academic Board or delegated authority.

Appendix
Compulsory paper
MSYS592 Dissertation (or its equivalent)
And two additional papers from the following list:
ACCT513 Virtual Accounting Systems
COMP512 Advanced Communication and Network Systems
COMP525 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
ECON528 Econometric Topics: Forecasting and Finance
ECON534 Financial Economics
FINA511 Advanced Corporate Finance
FINA512 Investments and Portfolios
MCOM586 Communication Cybertrends and E-Business
MKTG552 Advanced Advertising Strategy
MSYS555 Strategic Information Systems
MSYS556 E-Business Technologies
STMG512 Strategic Innovation
STMG524 Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice
The Qualification Convenor may approve substitutions of paper from this list.

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