BT00 - Introduction to IT
Duration1 Day (customisation)
Availability

Course Description

The course provides technical and non technical personnel with an overview of IT tools, terminology, methodology and techniques.

The course contains lectures and demonstrations to ensure a brief familiarity with the range of products and tools available. On completion of this course, students will be more familiar with the IT environment and have a better understanding of the IT department.

Pre-requisites

None.

Objectives

Whilst covering the basics of an Introduction to IT, this course also aims to give an insight into the software used on both mainframes and PCs and how each piece of software interacts with each other.

On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the components that compromise a mainframe and a PC
  • Understand the operating systems, software and hardware
  • Understand the purpose of the Job Entry System and JCL
  • Understand how data is stored and edited
  • Understand basic programming concepts
  • Understand the different types of databases
  • Understand the difference between batch and on-line processes
  • Understand the different roles and responsibilities within IT
  • Understand the different phases of a project lifecycle
  • Understand the Internet and HTML

Environment

Development will be performed using:

  • IBM Mainframe

Customisation

For on-site courses (i.e. at your premises), we are more than happy to tailor the course agenda to suit your exact requirements. In many cases, we are able to build your in-house standards and naming conventions into the delivered course.

Course Details

HISTORY OF COMPUTERS
The Mechanical Era (1623 - 1945)
First Generation Electronic Computers (1937 - 1953)
Second Generation (1954 - 1962)
Third Generation (1963 - 1972)
Fourth Generation (1972 - 1984)
Fifth Generation (1984 - 1990)
Sixth Generation (1990 - )
HARDWARE
Central Processing Unit
Memory
Bus
Expansion Card
Storage Devices
Input and Output Devices
Modem
PCs, Minis and Mainframes
SOFTWARE
Applications Software
Systems Software
Utility Software
NETWORKS
What is a Network ?
Network Components
Network Configuration
Types of Network
Accessing a Mainframe
UNDERSTANDING IT
An Introduction to IT
THE MAINFRAME
An Introduction to Mainframe Components
THE OPERATING SYSTEM
z/OS
UNIX
A short History of UNIX
UNIX Shell
Sample Commands
JOB ENTRY SYSTEM
An Introduction to JES
SESSION MANAGERS
Session Managers
SECURITY
Security Subsystems
TSO
Time Share Option
ISPF
ISPF Main Menu
Fastpath
View a Dateset
Edit a Dataset
Dataset Utilities
JOB CONTROL LANGUAGE
JCL
The JOB Statement
The EXEC Statement
The DD Statement
The SYSOUT Dataset
Dataset Concatenation
Common System ABEND Codes
SDSF OR FLASHER
An Introduction to SDSF or FLASHER
MAINFRAME DATA
What is Data ?
How is Data Stored ?
DATA STORAGE
Data Storage Devices
Storage Capacity
Datasets
Storage Management Subsystem
BACKUPS
An Introduction to Backups
Reasons for Backing Up Data
Backup Media
Backup Scheduling
Backup Data
Media Storage
Disaster Recovery
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Stages of Development Lifecycle
Business Requirements
Feasibility Study
Analysis
Design
Build
Unit Test
Link Test
System Test
User Acceptance Test
QA and Volume Test
Implementation
Change Management
PROJECT DEVELOPMENTS
Methodologies
Techniques Used
Data Flow Modelling
Logical Data Modelling
Entity Life Histories
Relational Data Analysis
Logical Data Modelling v Relational Data Analysis
PROGRAMMING
Programming Languages
What is a Program Specification ?
What is a Program ?
Language Types
3GL Theory
Object Orientation
CASE Tools
Client Server
ONLINE / BATCH COMPARISONS
Batch Programs
On-line Programs
Batch and On-line Comparisons
T.P. Monitors
Tele-Processing
CICS
IMS
DATABASES
Database Management Systems
Hierarchical Databases
DL/1
The Relational Model
The DB2 Environment
BUSINESS SYSTEMS
Legacy Systems
Legal Changes
IT Departments
INTERNET AND INTRANET
Internet History
Technical Evolution
The Intranet
HTML
The World Wide Web
Introduction to URLs
Anchor Identifiers
Relative URLs
HTML
JAVA
What is Java ?
The Java Programming Language
What can Java do ?
Advantages of using Java
APPENDIX
Glossary of Terms

Course Format

Demonstrations make up a large part of the course, allowing delegates to reinforce the lectures given. During these sessions the delegate will gain experience of navigating around the mainframe and looking at different products that have been installed.

The comprehensive Student Guide supplied is fully indexed serving as a useful reference tool long after the course has finished. Delegates will also be able to access a free help-line with technical questions relating to topics covered on the course.