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Technologies in Enterprise and Mainframe Computing

Course Coordinator: Dr Raymond So, BA (UNCC); MIS; PhD (Melb)

This course introduces students to the principles and implementations of enterprise information architectures. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with modern mainframe computers provided by IBM China / Hong Kong Limited. Specific attention will be paid to the architecture of IBM System z mainframes. The course content covers a few major mainframe technologies, including TSO, COBOL, DB2 and CICS. There is a mini-project in this course and students will gain practical experience with the development of technical solutions for mainframe systems.

COMP S822F will be delivered via the part-time, evening face-to-face mode. The contact hours will be scheduled in the evenings and/or on the weekends. The teaching and learning components will include lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, self-study, and also a mini-project. The OUHK is the first university in Hong Kong included in the IBM Academic Initiative System z programme.

This course aims to:

  • Enable students to acquire knowledge and techniques about major technologies in enterprise and mainframe computing;

  • Provide students with hands-on experience to develop a piece of software on a mainframe environment;

  • Equip students with relevant industrial knowledge;

  • Produce project work using the component model in order to satisfy a business problem or issue.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Modern enterprise information architectures

  • Overview of System z mainframe technologies

  • Component model of enterprise computing

  • Advanced technologies in enterprise and mainframe computing

Course assessment includes a continuous assessment portion (50%) and a three-hour examination (50%). Students must obtain a pass level in both the continuous assessment and the final examination. The continuous assessment portion includes assignments that act as stages in a mini-project.

Set book(s)
Godinez, M, Hechler, E, Koenig, K, Lockwood, S, Oberhofer, M, and Schroeck, M (2010) The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight, Indianapolis, Indiana: IBM Press.