z/OS Mainframe Entry Level Training Program

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The Mainframe Entry Level training program is an integrated curriculum: mainframe concepts, programming skills, programming language, and system software. The client selects the component modules and the program duration. The standard duration is 40 days = 8 weeks followed by 10 days = 2 weeks of client-specific mainframe utilities, system software, and web-enablement training. A lesson plan based upon the standards of the New York State Department of Education will be provided as part of qualifying the subject matter, examples, exercises, and program duration. Educational consultancy topics, inclusive of project specifications also can be incorporated into the program.

  • For new hires with minimal experience with IBM mainframe systems and legacy programming languages, the training program can be augmented with data processing concepts and structured programming methodologies.
  • For experienced information technology professionals, the training program can be tailored to implement SOA: service oriented architecture in a IBM or hybrid commercial and open source software computing environment such as with Oracle Corporation software.

SYS-ED's training programs utilize multiple delivery medium: distance-learning, web-based, and technology driven classrooms. As part of conducting a training program, subject matter is organized for utilization in courseware as a learning center. In order to accommodate employee workloads and staff in remote geographic locations, component courses can be scheduled over non-consecutive weeks utilizing a combination of classroom training and distance-learning. At the client's discretion, pre and post course assessment, a record and grade for completed assignments, and a final examination can be utilized. The training program can be extended with 1- a comprehensive programming language component 2- client specific mainframe utilities and development tools 3- specialized system software courses 4- web enablement 5- open source software.

This z/OS Mainframe Entry Level training program provides a framework for evaluating a sequence of integrated course modules: duration and subject matter. A legacy programming language typically is taught in conjunction with the program: Assembler, COBOL, Fortran, PL/1, REXX, or RPG. The assumption is that the client will select a subset of these course modules and either incorporate or substitute additional subject matter.

z/OS Mainframe Entry Level Training Program
Base Program Duration
Technology Updates
z/OS Operating System
Programming Skills
COBOL Language
IBM Tools

Db2 Relational Database
CICS Transaction Server
IMS Transaction Server
Scarcity of Up to Date Textbooks
Courseware for Teaching
Reference Documentation

Teaching Models

Teaching Models

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z/OS: Environment: Introduction 2 days
TSO/ISPF 4 days
z/OS: JCL - Basic 3 days
Structured Design 4 days
z/OS: JCL Utilities 2 days
COBOL Programming 5 days
COBOL Programming - Intermediate 5 days
COBOL Programming - Advanced 5 days
COBOL Debugging 3 days Distance-learning Training Service

Distance-learning Service
Xpediter / TSO - Compuware 2 days
Syncsort or IBM SORT 1 day
VSAM for Programmers 3 days

Base Program Duration

40 days
Optional Courses
Db2: Application Programming 5 days
CICS TS: Command Level Programming 5 days
IMS: DB DL/1 Programming 5 days

Module: z/OS Environment: Introduction
Duration: 2 days
Major Topics:
1. z/OS overview 2. Storage management 3. Managing work
4. I/O processing 5. Data management 6. Job management and flow
7. IPL: Initial Program Load and system initialization 8. Recovery and termination management 9. Installing and configuring
10. Communication 11. Security in z/OS

Module: TSO/ISPF
Duration: 4 days
Major Topics:
1. ISPF environment 2. TSO commands 3. Browsing
4. Editing 5. Examining output 6. Dataset and library maintenance
7. CLIST: command list language - overview 8. EJES (optional) 9. SDSF: spool display and search facility

Module: z/OS: JCL - Basic
Duration: 3 days
Major Topics:
1. Running a z/OS simple job 2. Job management 3. Program execution
4. Sequential datasets 5. Create datasets 6. SORT utility
7. Non-sequential datasets 8. Complex job execution 9. Procedures

Module: Structured Design
Duration: 4 days
Major Topics:
1. Introduction to Design 2. Architectural design 3. Infrastructure design
4. Structural design 5. Procedural design 6. Post design activities
7. Processor modeling 8. Task modeling 9. Module modeling

Module: z/OS: JCL Utilities
Duration: 2 days
Major Topics:
1. Utility programs - Getting started 2. IEBGENER - Sequential Copy / Generate Dataset Programs 3. IEBCOPY: Library Copy Program
4. VSAM and Access Method Services 5. IEBCOMPR: Compare Datasets Program 6. IEBPTPCH: Print-punch Program
7. SORT    

Module: COBOL Programming
Duration: 5 days
Major Topics:
1. Foundation and concepts 2. Identification and Environment Divisions 3. Data Division
4. Procedure Division - part 1 5. Procedure Division - part 2 6. Table handling
7. Internal sort 8. Compilation 9. Debugging
10. Related programs and subprograms    

Module: COBOL Programming - Intermediate
Duration: 5 days
Major Topics:
1. VSAM file access 2. SORT utility 3. Advanced table processing
4. Language environment 5. Subprograms 6. XML processing
7. String processing 8. Performance 9. Debugging

Module: COBOL Programming - Advanced
Duration: 5 days
Major Topics:
1. Table handling 2. Internal sorts 3. VSAM - introduction
4. COBOL and VSAM 5. Related programs and subprograms 6. Intrinsic functions
7. Nested programs 8. COBOL styles and techniques 9. Unicode support
10. XML    

Module: COBOL Debugging
Duration: 3 days
Major Topics:
1. Introduction 2. Data representation and conversion 3. Compiler / linkage editor listing
4. Dump concepts 5. Debugging techniques 6. COBOL blocks
7. Utilities 8. Common completion codes  

Module: Xpediter / TSO - Compuware
Duration: 2 days
Major Topics:
1. Facilities 2. Full screen interface 3. Interactive debugging techniques
4. Changing the flow of control 5. Trace facility 6. File allocation utility
7. Advanced debugging techniques 8. Reusable test scripts  

Module: Syncsort or IBM SORT
Duration: 1 day
Major Topics:
1. Control statements 2. Data utility features 3. Parm options
4. Coding and the use of exit programs 5. Tape sort 6. Performance
7. Histogram utility    

Module: VSAM for Programmers
Duration: 3 days
Major Topics:
1. Introduction and overview 2. Access Method Services 3. VSAM datasets
4. Application programming 5. Alternate indexes and paths 6. New VSAM features

Module: Db2: Application Programming
Duration: 5 days
Major Topics:
1. Db2 fundamentals 2. Db2 programming in COBOL 3. Db2 objects
4. SQL: Structured Query Language 5. Retrieval operations 6. Retrieval operations: built-in functions
7. Other retrieval operations 8. Update operations 9. QMF: Query Management Facility
10. Locking and performance 11. EXPLAIN 12. Coding considerations

Module: CICS TS: Command Level Programming
Duration: 5 days
Major Topics:
1. CICS concepts and facilities 2. Task and program services 3. Command level programming
4. Handling exceptional conditions 5. Basic Mapping Support 6. Program control
7. File control 8. Temporary storage 9. Transient data
10. Debugging    

Module: IMS: DB DL/1 Programming
Duration: 5 days
Major Topics:
1. Components of IMS DL/1 2. IMS DL/1 structure 3. Program structure and interface to IMS/VS
4. Database retrieval calls 5. Database update calls 6. Advanced techniques
7. Characteristics of a DL/1 database 8. Logical relationships and searching 9. System service calls
10. Testing    

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