Certificate in Mainframe Technologies (Dublin, February 2017)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LY)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Mixed

Mode

Part Time

Available

ECTS Credits

50

General Information
Contact

Patricia Doherty

Email

patricia.doherty@lyit.ie

Phone

074-9186177

Address

Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road
Letterkenny
County Donegal
F92 FC93

Role

Head of Department of Business Studies

Important Dates
Application Deadline

22/03/2017

Start Date

24/03/2017

About this Course

Mainframe skills are hugely in demand in Ireland and internationally. Graduates from this programme will be equipped with a skill set that is sought-after regionally, nationally and internationally. Vacancies currently exist in Ireland for the following roles:

- Mainframe Tester
- Mainframe Programmer
- Mainframe Developer
- Senior Applications Developer Mainframe
- Mainframe Administrator
- Analyst/Programmer
- Systems Administrator
- Cobol Developer

The Certificate in Mainframe Technologies enables students to develop core competencies and skills in mainframe technologies. The course will develop a very employable skill set in mainframe business systems with a strong emphasis in systems development using the business language COBOL. These skills are transferable throughout the wider computing industry.

Key Features:
This course will start on Friday February the 24th and will run every Friday until the end of June 2017
Level 8 Programme
Blended Learning (Classroom and on-line) in Griffith College in Dublin
All students will have a 4 week work placement. During the last 4 weeks of the course students will be in work placement Monday to Thursday inclusive with classes continuing every Friday, placement to be organised by LYIT
Strongly aligned with industry jobs
Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
Skill base is transferable throughout the wider financial technology and general financial services areas
LYIT best performing 3rd level institution overall in UK & Ireland region of the IBM Master the Mainframe competition 2015/2016

Having completed this programme, learners will be able to:

1. Adapt the use of the mainframe utilities JCL, TSO, ISPF, SDSF, and their effectiveness within the COBOL (both batch and on-line) and PL/1 programming environment.
2. Design, Configure and Implement a DB2 environment, facilitating the integration of this databse technology to the programming environment using imbedded SQL code.
3. Design and program extensively using the business language COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language).
4. Design and program extensively using the programming language PL/1 (Programming Language One).
5. Operate effectively in a variety of team roles and demonstrate self-direction when completing and implementing projects

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the Certificate in Mainframe Technologies is a Level 7 award, or an equivalent qualification, from any discipline. Applicants without a Level 7 award but with relevant experience may also be eligible to apply on the grounds of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if they have attained appropriate experience and attainment thresholds deemed equivalent.

Long Description

Mainframe skills are hugely in demand in Ireland and internationally. Graduates from this programme will be equipped with a skill set that is sought after regionally, nationally and internationally. Vacancies currently exist in Ireland for the following roles:

- Mainframe Tester
- Mainframe Programmer
- Mainframe Developer
- Senior Applications Developer Mainframe
- Mainframe Administrator
- Analyst/Programmer
- Systems Administrator
- Cobol Developer

The Certificate in Mainframe Technologies enables students to develop core competencies and skills in mainframe technologies. The course will develop a very employable skill set in mainframe business systems with a strong emphasis in systems development using the business language COBOL. These skills are transferable throughout the wider computing industry.

Key Features:
This course will start on Friday February the 24th and will run every Friday until the end of June 2017
Level 8 Programme
Blended Learning (Classroom and on-line) in Griffith College in Dublin
All students will have a 4 week work placement. During the last 4 weeks of the course students will be in work placement Monday to Thursday inclusive with classes continuing every Friday, placement to be organised by LYIT
Full access to IBM Mainframe services
Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
Skill base is transferable throughout the wider financial technology and general financial services areas
LYIT best performing 3rd level institution overall in UK & Ireland region of the IBM Master the Mainframe competition 2015/2016

Having completed this programme, learners will be able to:

1. Adapt the use of the mainframe utilities JCL, TSO, ISPF, SDSF, and their effectiveness within the COBOL (both batch and on-line) and PL/1 programming environment.
2. Design, Configure and Implement a DB2 environment, facilitating the integration of this databse technology to the programming environment using imbedded SQL code.
3. Design and program extensively using the business language COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language).
4. Design and program extensively using the programming language PL/1 (Programming Language One).
5. Operate effectively in a variety of team roles and demonstrate self-direction when completing and implementing projects

Modules
Mainframe Development 1
Mainframe Development 2
PL/1 Programming
Work Based Learning


Career Opportunities

This programme has been designed to ensure that graduates will develop a skill set which is transferable to the financial services and broader computing sector.

The programme is strongly aligned with industry job requirements regionally, nationally and internationally as is evidenced by the fact that all of the previous cohort are now in full time employment in mainframe roles.

According to General Motors LYIT is currently providing tailored course solutions in mainframe that are not readily available in any other 3rd level institution¬Ě.

As part of the Springboard initiative LYIT offer a 10 credit module in Employability Skills as part of the programme. On successful completion of thi programme the learner will be able to:

Identify and overcome obstacles and challenges when looking for work and attending interviews.
Construct a CV, cover letter and general application form.
Communicate own competencies in an effective way through formal media such as online, networking and social media.
identify employment possibilities and opportunities.
Develop a job search action plan and identify and overcome potential setbacks that may arise when looking for work.
Interview confidently, by practicing interviews and working through all elements of questioning.
Transition in to the workplace seamlessly by developing personal presentation skills and identifying expected work behavior and practices, such as; professional attitude, presentation, timekeeping, professional flexibility, work attitude, effectively communicating in the workplace and accepting guidance and direction.

This module also includes talks on LinkedIn profile, How to act in the professional environment etc.


Delivery Location

Dublin

Delivery Notes

Online and classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Kathleen Mulvin Brady

Address

Registry, Letterkenny Institute of Technology - Port Road - Letterkenny - County Donegal - Ireland

Phone

074 918 6177

Email

Kathleen.Mulvin-Brady@lyit.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning involves the awarding of credit for learning from experience. LYIT has acquired significant experience in this area. Prior learning can be Certified or Experiential.Prior Certified Learning is where an applicant has already been awarded a qualification for a formal programme taken at an institution or training organisation. This prior learning can be recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications and may entitle the applicant to: Admission to a programme or course of study. The award of advanced academic standing. The award of exemptions from some parts of a programme. In this case, the candidate must demonstrate that the learning experience has occurred by producing a Portfolio of Evidence to support the claim for access, exemption or credit. Further details of LYIT RPL policy can be found on http://www.lyit.ie/media/RPL20LYIT20Policy.pdf