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:

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.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this System z Program students will be prepared for careers in areas such as:

  1. System z and z Linux Administration
  2. System z Enterprise COBOL Application Development
  3. Web Sphere (J2EE) Java Application Development
  4. DB2 Database Administration and Application Development
  5. CICS Transaction Administration and Application Development
  6. Enterprise Project Management and Business Analysis

Other Program Recommendations and Considerations