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Mainframe Systems 1G (7860.3)

Level: Graduate Level
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, batch processing, virtualisation concepts and benefits, and manipulate datasets. You will consider ethical issues in IT.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Understanding of core mainframe technologies and their use and the importance of mainframes in modern corporate commercial IT environments.

    2. Understanding of the data storage structure in mainframe systems/

    3. Be able to define the technologies used in mainframes such as Sysplex and batch job execution Understand batching of jobs and the way JES works.

    4. Be able to use common tools to connect to a mainframe system.

    5. Be able to identify and work with the common software installed on z/OS and its purpose (e.g. CICS, DB2, WebSphere and language compilers).

    6. Conduct simple tasks using commonly installed software on z/OS.

    7. Use ISPF to manipulate datasets.

    8. Develop and execute simple batch jobs.

    Contact Hours

    52 hours per semester.



    Assumed Knowledge

    Some experience in the general use of computers.

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