IBC233 Course Outline

Course Code: IBC233
Course Name: iSeries Business Computing
Offered Date: Summer - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
IBC233 introduces commercial and business information technology on the IBM iSeries server. Students will work in an object based architecture using Client Access and Websphere Development Studio Client for iSeries to create business applications. These applications will be developed using the built in DB2 relational database, OS/400 commands and Control Language programming, Query/400 data reporting, interactive screens, and webfacing. The Integrated File System, which provides Windows and UNIX file serving, along with desktop connectivity tools will be investigated to demonstrate the heterogeneous systems support available only on the iSeries platform. 
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)
Prerequisite: IPC144
Mode of Instruction: 2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours lab time per week.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Use the object based operating system, IBM i (i5/OS) (OS/400)

2. Understand and apply System i (iSeries) security features

3. Program using System i (iSeries) Command Language

4. Create a simple CLLE command

5. Use Rational Developer for i (RDi) to develop simple RPGLE applications

6. Understand and execute system management tasks

7. Run or manage business applications using batch and interactive jobs

8. Create and use DB2 Universal Database objects

9. Use System i (iSeries) operating system menus and create custom user menus
Employability Skills:
Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:
  • Functions of an operating system - 5%
    •         Including user interface, resource management, programmer support, job scheduling (WRKJOBSCHE, WRKSBMJOB), file system, networking, system monitoring (WRKSYSSTS).
  • Data representation - 2.5%
    •         Typical data formats (including text, zoned and packed decimal) and reading a file dump.
  • System i Overview - 5%
    •         Single-level storage, libraries, files, naming conventions, screen elements, system menus, and system libraries
    •         Objects: System i object based architecture, types of objects, object attributes, qualified names and requesting or locating an object
  • Managing the system - 10%
    •         Subsystems and system pools, job classes, System i Control language, System Values, User profiles
  • Working with Queues - 5%
    •         Job, output, and message queues and related commands.
  • Describing a database file - 15%
    •         Differences between program and externally described files, methods of creating an externally described file (including DDS coding) and data entry with the Data File Utility.
  • Physical, logical files and additional database facilities - 5%
    •         Physical files and access paths, describing a logical file - alternate access path, selection and omission, projection, creating a logical file, preserving the existing data in a file,the copy file command and SQL.
  • Learning the IBM Rational Developer for System i toolset -  10%
    •         Remote Systems Explorer, perspectives and views, using the LPEX editor with different programming languages, Remote compiling and the iSeries error list view
    •         Creating interactive screens with input and output data fields, using indicators and performing field validation
  • System security - 2.5%
    •         Security levels, user profiles, classes of authority, object authority, authorization lists.
  • CL (Command Language) programming - 20%
    •         Keyword & positional parameters, passing parameters, Commands - DCL, DCLF, CHGVAR, SNDRCVF, IF THEN, GOTO, PGM, ENDPGM, RETURN, CALL, MONMSG, Compiling - CRTBNDCL, CRTPGM, CRTCLMOD, Debugging -
    •         Creating a CL Command with required and optional parameters.
  • Programming with the IBM Rational Developer for System i toolset - 20%
    •         Create, run and debug a simple batch RPGLE program
    •         Create, run and debug a simple interactive RPGLE program
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
  • AS/400 System, Utilities, Database, Programming and Client/Server, 2nd Edition., by George Lin; published by Prentice Hall, ISBN:0-13-083067-4
  • The Remote System Explorer Modern Developer Tools for the System i Authors: Don Yantzi and Nazmin Haji MCPress ISBN: 978-158347-081-7
  • Introduction to the iSeries and Websphere Studio Client by Robert W. Janson. ISBN 0-9664221-4-7 (2004)
  • USB Flash Drive Required, 128 MB or higher
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course


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A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Tests 35%
Labs 30%
Final Examination 35%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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