CS4478Y - Master the Mainframe
The University of Western Ontario London, Canada
CS 4478Y - Master the Mainframe
The mainframe remains a critical piece of infrastructure for enterprise computing, with experts highly sought after by industry. Through this course, students will be exposed to real-world development and usage scenarios through hands-on projects, gaining valuable experience and skills for working with modern mainframe systems. IBM provides access to mainframe hardware and software through their annual “Master the Mainframe” program. As an added bonus, this program is organized as a competition too, so there are prizes based on your performance at the same time. Further details from IBM can be found here: http://www.ibm.com/systems/z/masterthemainframe.
Lecture Hours: 9:30 - 10:30pm, Wednesdays, MC 300
Prerequisites: Computer Science 3307A/B/Y or permission of the Department.
Antirequisites: Computer Science 4434A/B/Y if taken during Fall/Winter 2014.
Note: Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.
One instructor will be managing and supervising the project aspects of this course:
Instructor: Nazim Madhavji
Oﬃce: MC 381
Oﬃce Hours: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM & 12.30 PM – 1.30 PM Mondays
E-Mail: madhavji <at> gmail <dot> com
There are no required texts for this course. To assist with project development, there are many excellent references available online.
While printed books are also available from many retailers, they quickly get out of date, and so it is difficult to require you to purchase one.
References and suggested readings may be provided during the course.
Lecture time will not be used for the delivery of lectures in the traditional sense. Instead, this time will be primarily used for organizing and tracking the status of projects. Consequently, class may not be held every week; further details on class scheduling will be posted on the course website.
The CS4478Y website is accessible through the OWL system at http://owl.uwo.ca. Class and project information may be posted on this website from time to time, although most information will be communicated through IBM/Master the Mainframe channels.
Nevertheless, you are responsible for reading this information frequently.
Each student will have access to an account on the Computer Science Department senior undergraduate computing facility, GAUL. In accepting the GAUL account, a student agrees to abide by the department's Rules of Ethical Conduct.
Note: After-hours access to certain Computer Science lab rooms is by student card. If a student card is lost, a replacement card will no longer open these lab rooms, and the student must bring the new card to the Systems Group. Likewise, if a student card ceases to provide access where it should, it should be brought to the Systems Group as well.
We will occasionally need to send e-mail messages to the whole class, or to students individually. E-Mail will be sent to the UWO e- mail address assigned to students by Information Technology Services (ITS), i.e. your e-mail address @uwo.ca. It is each student's responsibility to read this e-mail on a frequent and regular basis, or to have it forwarded to an alternative e-mail address if preferred. See the ITS website for directions on forwarding e-mail.
However, you should note that e-mail at ITS (your UWO account) and other e-mail providers may have quotas or limits on the amount of space they can use. If you let your e-mail accumulate there, your mailbox may fill up and you may lose important e-mail from your instructors. Losing e-mail that you have forwarded to an alternative e-mail address is not an excuse for not knowing about the information that was sent.
Wherever you receive e-mail, be sure to configure your spam filter to allow e-mail from the instructor's e-mail address given above. Otherwise, important messages could get trapped by your spam filter and missed. This is also not an excuse for not knowing about information that has been sent.
Your course grade will be based on the performance in the IBM Master the Mainframe program, determined by your IBM instructor.
If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to the Academic Counselling oﬃce of your home Faculty as soon as possible and contact your instructor immediately. It is the student's responsibility to make alternative arrangements with their instructor once the accommodation has been approved and the instructor has been informed. For further information please see: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/accommodation_medical.pdf.
A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness should use the Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility or an Accommodation Certificate from Student Health Services. The Student Medical Certificate form can be found here: https://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/medical_document.pdf.
As described above, project work will be assigned through the IBM Master the Mainframe program. Students are expected to adhere to deadlines and standards set in this program.
Scholastic oﬀences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Oﬀence, at the following web site: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_undergrad.pdf.
Plagiarism: Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words. Whenever students take an idea, or a passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing such as footnotes or citations. Plagiarism is a major academic oﬀence. Please note, however, that students are not allowed to make use of the work of others unless explicitly instructed to do so in the description of an assignment.
All projects are to be exclusively your own work. While project work requires you to work in teams, each team is expected to act individually. You may discuss approaches to problems among yourselves; however, the actual details of the work (coding, documentation, etc.) must be an individual eﬀort. Incidents that are judged to be the result of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Undergraduate Chair. The selection of penalty to be applied is up to the Chair, with consultation of the instructor.
The standard departmental penalty for assignments that are judged to be the result of academic dishonesty is, for the student's first oﬀence, a mark of zero for the assignment, with an additional penalty equal to the weight of the assignment also being applied. You are responsible for reading and respecting the Department of Computer Science's policy on Scholastic Oﬀenses. and Rules of Ethical Conduct.
The University of Western Ontario uses software for plagiarism checking. Students may be required to submit their written work and programs in electronic form for plagiarism checking.
All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com (http://www.turnitin.com/).
Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 661-2111 x 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.
Learning-skills counsellors at the Student Development Centre (http://www.sdc.uwo.ca) are ready to help you improve your learning skills. They oﬀer presentations on strategies for improving time management, multiple-choice exam preparation/writing, textbook reading, and more. Individual support is oﬀered throughout the Fall/Winter terms in the drop-in Learning Help Centre, and year-round through individual counseling.
Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Mental Health@Western (http://www.health.uwo.ca/mental_health) for a complete list of options about how to obtain help.
Additional student-run support services are oﬀered by the USC, http://westernusc.ca/services.
The website for Registrarial Services is http://www.registrar.uwo.ca.