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Mainframe Business Information Systems & Infrastructure

Is this course for me?
Our Higher Diploma in Arts in Mainframe Business Information Systems & Infrastructure is a one-year course in mainframe development and systems programming. Designed in collaboration with industry experts, it identifies a key gap in mainframe programme provision and equips graduates with the knowledge to fill it.

This Higher Diploma is designed as a 'conversion' course from other disciplines into mainframe computing.

Key features include modules that are strongly aligned with current industry requirements now and into the future. With a personal and supportive approach to learning you will enjoy full access to IBM Mainframe services as part of the programme.

Key Features
• Strongly aligned with industry job requirements regionally and nationally
• Blended / flexible mode of delivery
• Full access to IBM Mainframe services
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in any discipline, second class honours (2.2). If you don't have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


1 year part-time

Careers or further progression

Add-on Courses
On successful completion of this programme, learners may transfer to the following programmes at LYIT: Systems & Software Security

Follow-on Courses
Follow up programmes elsewhere include:
• Master degrees in institutes and universities at home and abroad

Career Pathways
The main employers are:
• Financial Services

Graduate Careers
Graduate careers typically include:
• Mainframe Tester
• Mainframe Programmer
• Mainframe Developer
• Mainframe Administrator
• Analyst/Programmer
• Systems Administrator
• Cobol Developer

Following graduation you can look forward to a career in a wide variety of sectors and in an equally diverse number of roles including Mainframe Tester, Programmer, Developer, Administrator and Cobol Developer.

Further enquiries

Further Information
Patricia Doherty
Head of Department
Telephone: +353 (0)74 9186202

Subjects taught

What will I study?
Semester 1
• Mainframe Application Development 1 (Cobol) (M)
• Mainframe Application Development 2 (Cobol/DB2/CICS) (M)
• SYSPROG 1 (z/OS Infrastructure) (M)

Semester 2
• SYSPROG 2 (z/OS Systems Programming Fundamentals) (M)
• SYSPROG 3 (IBM MQ V8 System Administration for z/OS) (M)
• Mainframe Application Development 3 (PL/1) (M)
• The Mainframe IDE & Supporting Coding Languages (M)
• Work Based Learning (E1)
• Applied Project (E2)

(M) Mandatory, (E) = Elective

Course fee

EU Fees: €3,000.00

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