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z/OS Curriculum

Course Title Duration Description
These courses are available for z/OS version 2.2 and 2.1.
z/OS Series
z/OS Concepts and Components
5 The z/OS Concepts and Components course describes the evolution of mainframe computing and provides descriptions of the major components that comprise today's z/OS environment. Details of general z/OS processing concepts are also provided.
Initializing and Terminating the z/OS System
4 The Initializing and Terminating the z/OS System course describes what actions occur as part of a z/OS system initialization, and then delves into the system data sets and configuration libraries responsible for defining z/OS system characteristics. The final module in this course simulates a z/OS system startup and shutdown, describing the most common commands and operator responses.
Monitoring the z/OS System
5 The Monitoring the z/OS System course introduces z/OS commands that can be used to display the status and attributes of various z/OS tasks and devices. An overview of system monitoring tools and facilities such as RMF, z/OSMF, traces and EREPS are also provided as well as a description on how SMF data is created and controlled. This course also discusses the need for message suppression and describes how this is achieved.
z/OS Architecture
4 The z/OS Architecture course examines the logical architecture of a z/OS system. It looks at the use and structure of the Program Status Word (PSW), the different types of interrupts handled by the system, and how they are invoked. It also describes the concepts and use of virtual storage and how it relates to address spaces within the system. Finally, it identifies the functions used by the System Resource Manager to balance and maximize system performance.
Identifying z/OS System Problems
5 The Identifying z/OS System Problems course explores some of the processes, commands, and tools that are used in identifying system problems. It describes how common system problems are recognised, and the steps that can be taken to assist with problem resolution, including dumps and analyzing the catalogue address space.
Resolving z/OS System Problems
5 The Resolving z/OS System Problems course describes the processes and commands required to resolve common z/OS system problems. It also describes when cancel and force commands should be used and how to handle command flooding.
z/OS – Advanced 2 This course contains many z/OS-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers several new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.2 and z/OS 2.3.
z/OS Console Simulators Series
z/OS MVS Command Simulations
3.5 A number of simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the entering of commands, and interpretation of output produced, when monitoring and manipulating MVS system resources.
z/OS System Shutdown and IPL Simulations
.5 Two simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the manual shutdown and start-up of a z/OS system.
Installing and Managing z/OS Software Series
Introduction to SMP/E 3 Ensuring that all of your organization's z/OS system software is current, and that any fixes and improvements have been applied, is paramount to maintaining system availability. This course looks at the SMP/E software and how it is used by the z/OS Systems Programmer to provide best practice installation, management and reporting of z/OS system software.
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