Course detail

IBM zSeries Servers

FIT-IIZAcad. year: 2018/2019

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

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Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain:

  • 20 points from computer labs,
  • 30 points from assignments evaluated within computer labs,
  • 20 points from the first test that takes place in the middle of semestr and concentrates on topics discussed withint first five weeks,
  • 30 points from the second test that takes place at the end of semestr and concentrates on all topics discussed within the course.

Exam prerequisites:
Students get points from computer labs, assignements, and tests. For the accreditation, it is necessary
  1. to actively participate in at least 75 % of computer labs and, at the same time,
  2. get at least 50 points.

Plagiarsm as well as non-permitted cooperation within computer labs and homeworks or cheating during tests ;will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action may be initiated.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum


    This course introduces students into principles of IBM zSeries servers and their maintenance. Students will learn general principles as well as exercise monitoring and maintaining of common applications running on zSeries servers.

    Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

    No attadance on lectures is monitored. Attendance computer labs is recorded. Dutiful attendance in at least 75 % of computer labs is necessary for accreditation.

    Classification of course in study plans

    • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

      branch BIT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional

    Type of course unit



    26 hours, optionally

    Teacher / Lecturer


    1. Introduction of the zSeries servers, history of the HW, types of the zSeries processors, zStorage models, 3D presentation of the newest zSeries processor
    2. zOS SW; basic panels for zSeries administration - TSO and ISPF, basic commands of the operating system
    3. Types of the datasets and their use, zOS virtual storage concept
    4. Job control language (JCL), Parallel sysplex - posibilities of connecting server
    5. Job Entry Subsystem (JES), start of the zOS operating system (IPL)
    6. Design of the zOS applications, programming languages
    7. Linking and compilation of programs for zOS
    8. zSeries transaction SW - CICS
    9. zSeries database systems - DB2, IMS
    10. Message queue server, Web application server and Web servers for zOS
    11. SW administration on mainframes - SMPE, zOS server security - RACF
    12. Storage management - Storage Management Subsystem, zOS network environment
    13. Summary, open discussion about further use of zSeries for zVM or zLinux operating systems, future of the mainframes

    Computer exercise

    26 hours, compulsory

    Teacher / Lecturer


    1. Log on to the system, user profiles, basic user interface settings
    2. Basic navigation in ISPF and getting of the system parameters
    3. Working with datasets
    4. Fundamentals of programming in JCL
    5. Working with jobs and JES2
    6. Character sets and basics of programming on mainframes
    7. Compiling and linking programs
    8. Working with the CICS transaction server
    9. Working with the DB2 database system
    10. Introduction to MQseries and Web Application Server on zOS
    11. IPL of the system, setting of zOS parameters
    12. Work with storage and networks on zOS
    13. Repetition exercises


    7 hours, compulsory

    Teacher / Lecturer


    eLearning: opened course