IBC233 - iSeries Business Computing

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Subject Title
iSeries Business Computing

Subject 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)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

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

Essential 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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


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     5%
  • Typical data formats (including text, zoned and packed decimal) and reading a file dump
System i (AS/400)Overview      5%
  • Single-level storage, libraries, files, naming conventions, screen elements, system menus, and system libraries
  • Objects: System i (AS/400) 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 (OS/400) 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 programs described and externally described files, methods of creating an externally described file - DOS Physical file creation with DDS and data entry with Data File Utility
Introduction to Query/400      5%
  • Functions, working with queries and defining queries, selecting files, previewing query layouts, formatting report columns, editing options, selecting sort fields, defining report breaks
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 files, preserving the existing data in a file
Websphere Development Studio Client for iSeries      15%
  • 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      5%
  • Security levels, user profiles, classes of authority, object authority, authorization lists
CL (Command Language) programming      25%
  • Keyword & positional parameters, passing parameters, Commands - DCL, DCLF, CHGVAR, SNDRCVF, RCVF, IF THEN, GOTO, PGM, ENDPGM, RETURN, CALL, MONMSG, Compiling-CRTBWDCL, CRTPGM, CRTCLMOD, Debugging.
Interacting with other file systems      5%
  • Data Transfer between a System i (AS/400) and a PC
  • Using the System i (iSeries) Integrated File System which supports heterogeneous system file serving

Mode of Instruction
Concepts derived during class lectures will be reinforced in an AS/400 laboratory environment. This will permit students to acquire hands on training with the AS/400. Home assignments, tests and a final examination will be used to evaluate a student's progress during the course. 

This course is offered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.  Distant Learning students please refer to Addendum. 
It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
Introduction to the IBM i and Rational Developer i 5th edition
by Robert W. Janson, Janson Industries
ISBN# 0-966-4221-5-5, 978-09-422153

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
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

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Lab exercises 10%
Term Tests and Quizzes (2) 30%
Assignments (2) 30%
Final examination 30%


For the Internet course:
Students taking this course through the Internet will need their own Internet access, Pentium 200 or higher, Windows 95 or higher, Netscape 7 or Internet Explorer 6 or higher, full Internet access including an activated Seneca email address.   

Marking Scheme for the Internet course is as follows:
Labs 10%
Assignments (minimum 2) 30%
Midterm Exam(online) 20%
Participation 10%
Final Exam 30%

Approved by: Sharon Estok