OPS400 - AS/400 Operations

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Subject Title
AS/400 Operations

Subject Description
This subject provides an introduction to the AS/400 architecture and user interface. Topics include 5250 emulation; IBM's PC support and Client Access/400; file transfers between two AS/400's or between an AS/400 and a PC; the ability to use PC printers as AS/400 printers; storing PC data with shared folders and the integrated file system; file and database serving; CL commands; Working with Jobs; Device configuration; AS/400 security; backup and recovery; release updates and applying PTF's; and system maintenance and monitoring performance.

Credit Status
1 Credit for CNS/CTY Diploma Program

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

1. Use the Query tool

2. Set security for AS/400 objects

3. Transfer files between a PC and AS/400 using a number of different interfaces

4. Transfer libraries and objects between two AS/400's using a Save File

5. Describe line, controller and device descriptions

6. Indicate the uses of Control Language and understand the basic construction and syntax of CL commands

7. Describe job processing, sequencing and message handling

8. Describe the basic AS/400 architecture

9. Describe the procedures to IPL the system and power down the system

10. Navigate successfully through AS/400 help features to solve problems

11. Describe the PTF menu function and the CUMe package and use commands to load and apply PTF's and remove PTF's

12. Use the Program Development Tools such as SEU, DFU and PDM

13. Use the GUI tool

14. Install AS/400 Client Access software on a PC and configure Client Access features for specific configurations including 5250 emulation, ODBC data sources, printers, network drives/folders, mail, data transfer etc.

15. Describe the procedural steps to backup and restore of system objects

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.

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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

Introduction to the AS/400 -AS/400 Architecture
-OS/400 Versions, Releases, and PTF's
-Control Language
-Objects and Libraries
Security -System Values
-Security Levels
-User Profiles and User-Specific Objects
-User Classes and Object Authorities
-Job Descriptions
-Library Lists
-Authorization Lists
-Setting Object Authorities
The User Interface -General System Tasks
-Operations Assistant
-Cl Commands - Keyword and Positional notation
-Naming Conventions
-AS/400 Help
Working with jobs and message handling -How jobs are submitted and scheduled
-Message Handling
Managing Print Functions -Working with printed output - WRKSPLF, WRKOUTQ
-Print Writers
-Troubleshooting Print Problems
Device Configuration -Lines, Controllers, Addresses and Devices
-Function of device descriptions
-Display Stations
-Tape and Diskette Drives
Backup, Restore and PTF's -Creating a Backup Plan
-Tape considerations
-Reclaiming Storage
-Cleaning Tasks
-Save Files
-Restoring Objects
-Program Temporary Fixes (PTF's)
Subsystems and Performance -Subsystems: Function of working with, fine tuning
-Starting and Ending subsystems and System Pools
-System Performance

-Restricted State
Client Acces/Express for OS/400 -Client Access/Express Defined
-Client Versions
-Terminal and Printer Emulation
-Operations Navigator (Shared Folders)
-Data Transfer between AS/400 other systems
-Client Access
-Transferring a Save File
Accessing the AS/400 Database -Program Development Manager
-Source Entry Utility
-Physical and Logical Files
-Data File Utility
-Query for OS/400

Mode of Instruction
Classroom  lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced by assigned readings and assignments between classes.   

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.

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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:

Two mid term tests 40%
Three term assignments 30%
Final examination 30%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle