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Economic and management sciences

Grade 7

Telecommunication services

Module 17

Shopping via the Internet

Music in your pocket

The iPod is no ordinary music-player; it has developed into a symbol of our day. It has become a fashion item of children of all ages, adding to their “image”.

The sales of this digital favourite exceeded all expectations. Between July and September 2004, two million iPods were sold over the counter. At Christmas sales were expected to reach ten million. As far as looks are concerned, iPods are considered as cool as hell, both inside and outside.

The iPod Photo has space for 15 000 songs on its hard-drive of 60 giga-bytes and it offers you the possibility of photo displays.

The iPod mini is exactly what the name suggests: smaller, lighter and thinner than its elder brother, but less powerful. Its battery needs to be charged sooner, and it can store only 1 000 songs on the hard-drive of 4 giga-bytes.

In the meantime other companies, following in the footsteps of Apple who developed the iPod, have come up with their own models. Dell brought the Digital Jukebox onto the market. Philips produced the HDD and Packard Bell the Pocket M@estro. The latter is hardly bigger than a credit card, with a hard-drive of 5 giga-bytes and a built-in FM radio transmitter and a dictaphone as well.

Philips’ ADD 120 however, has lost out, because this model was slow and cumbersome to handle, and came with useless earphones. Besides, it was much more expensive.

The Internet-shop iTunes Music Store sells more than four million songs per week, bringing the provisional total to about 200 million. Impressive, to say the least, even if the figure does not mean much compared with the 150 milliard songs that have been down-loaded illegally during the previous year, via filesharing services such as Kazaa, Grokster and eDonkey. However, the results of iTunes Music Store are encouraging, as it proves that consumers are actually prepared to pay for their music. Customers pay about R10,00 per song, and they seem to regard it as a reasonable price.

From: Knack, 24 November 2004

You have read the article on iPods and made up your mind that you simply can’t go without one. The only problem the shops in your town don’t sell them. The only solution is to go shopping on the Internet. Your knowledgeable friend advises you to go to the kalahari.net web page, because apart from selling books, they also offer DVD’s, video’s, music, electronics and cameras, and a variety of other services.

Activity 1:

To shop via the internet

[lo 3.4]

Step 1:

Type in the web address.

Step 2:

When the home page appears on the comput on Electronics and Cameras .

Step 3:

Click on 2 in the text box Audiovisual Bestsellers . Apple iPod Video 30 GV3 – white.

Step 4:

The information on the iPod appears on the screen.

Step 5:

Click on Add to basket .

Click on Create Profile .

The order form appears on the screen.

Step 6:

Supply your personal details.

KYou received a catalogue in the post from a large chain store that sells electronic goods.

  • How do the price compare with those on the Internet?
  • Now what?


Learning Outcomes(LOs)
LO 3
MANAGERIAL, CONSUMER AND FINANCIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLSThe learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge and the ability to apply responsibly a range of managerial, consumer and financial skills.
Assessment Standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
3.3 describes the importance of administration in managing a business (record keeping, storing documentation);3.4 discusses the use of technology in telecommunication services (e.g. cell phones) and financial transactions (e.g. ATM, Internet) in improving administration, communication and access to information.


Shopping on the Internet

  • The purpose of this learning unit is to become acquainted with the rapidly expanding phenomenon of e-Commerce on the Internet.

Activity 1

  • This activity can be done on computers if the facilities are available at the school. Because the information on the Internet regarding e-Commerce may change on a daily basis, the instructions might not necessarily correspond. Keep it in mind!
  • Similar activities can be done by the learners.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
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