IBM Academic Initiative Sample System z Program and Academic Courses
Sample System z Academic Program Description
This Sample System Z Program includes seven(7) three credit courses which may be used in its entirety or part for any undergraduate or graduate Computer Science, Information Systems, or Computer Technology or curriculum. Each System z academic course includes:
- Course Description
- Course Outcomes
- Sample Course Syllabus and Instructor Materials
- Sample Instruction Handouts, Presentations and Youtube Video Links
- Sample Course Theory and Hands-on Assignments and Rubrics
- Sample Objective Quizzes and Tests
This Sample System Z Program is designed to provide students with a professional foundation to integrate legacy, large-scale System z (zOS) architectures with RISC-based z Linux architectures to support transaction, data analytic and virtualization workloads. IBM System z and RISC-based Power System architectures serve as technological foundation for 90% of mission-critical applications of Fortune 500 companies and 75% of all financial transactions in the world.
Students will design, code, test, and maintain COBOL applications to support legacy batch and Online transaction processing applications (CICS) using VSAM flat files and DB2 relational bases. Java (J2EE) web and web service/Restful applications will be designed and developed, and deployed, maintained and secured on an IBM Web Sphere Application Server. Supporting, managing and securing mobile applications to access to System z z/OS and z Linux enterprise applications and resources will be introduced.
System programming, middle ware administration, enterprise security concepts and skills to maintain a System z architecture will be presented. IBM Assembler and ReXX will be presented in the context of system and application programming.
This program will use a systems-approach and may be used to extend and apply pre-core course requirements in project management, cost-analysis, system analysis and design, technical communications skills, operating system concepts, networks, and database management and administration to a System z Enterprise capstone project.
Upon completion of this System z Program students will be prepared for careers in areas such as:
- System z and z Linux Administration
- System z Enterprise COBOL Application Development
- Web Sphere (J2EE) Java Application Development
- DB2 Database Administration and Application Development
- CICS Transaction Administration and Application Development
- Enterprise Project Management and Business Analysis
Other Program Recommendations and Considerations
- The IBM Master the Mainframe Contest System provides an excellent "free resource" to supplement many of the System z Program Courses. See IBM Master the Mainframe Overview and MTM Contest Challenges 2015. No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no computer experience, but will increase in difficulty as the contest progresses. All students, no matter which degree they are enrolled, are encouraged to participate.
- The Master the Mainframe is normally scheduled between October though the end of December. IBM Academic Initiative Faculty may request non-contest MTM user-ids for their courses throughout the year. Student progress reports may be requested by a faculty member for students enrolled in their course.
- The IBM System z and z/OS Fundamentals Mastery Test provides a "free external accreditation test" to measure student's mastery of z/OS fundamentals. This test may be integrated into any course or used as capstone external assessment. Categorical item analysis is provided.