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Mainframe Systems 1 (7854.4)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Maths & Technology



    In this unit you will study the history, use and capabilities of mainframe computers and technologies and their current importance in modern commercial and government IT environments. You will gain a working familiarity with key aspects of such an environment including transaction processing and control. You will study software and file systems, relational database theory, batch processing, virtualisation concepts and benefits, and manipulate datasets. You will also engage in critical thinking and develop your skills in communication, conflict resolution and group work and consider ethical issues in IT.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. to describe and discuss, using visual, verbal and written communication skills: core mainframe technologies and their use; the importance and capabilities of mainframes in modern commercial and government IT environments; relational database theory and data storage structures in mainframe systems; technologies used in mainframe systems, including batch processing; and the nature and benefits of virtualisation.
    2. You will be able to use and demonstrate common tools to connect to mainframe systems; work with commonly installed software on such systems; and execute batch jobs. You will also be able to work in small groups and discuss ethical issues in IT.

    Contact Hours

    52 hours per semester.



    Assumed Knowledge

    Equivalent of the first year of student in a UG IT degree.

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