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South University broadens online IT program using IBM Power Systems Academic Initiative resources

South University-Tampa registered for membership in IBM's Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) less than two years ago. Since then, the university has gained a new perspective on its course offerings, which has led to an expansion of job opportunities for some of their graduates. And, as they continue to assess their programs and look for ways to make them more marketable, they once again turned to PSAI for support.

The university is focused on two key objectives, which are: 1) Cover more advanced technologies (such as cloud computing, mobile technology, data analytics, cognitive computing); and 2) Incorporate more hands-on experience for students to prepare them better for jobs in the industry.

Dr. Mourad Oulid-Aissa, department chair, South University Online, Information Systems and Technology Department (IST), is planning how to use the Power Systems Academic Cloud, including the latest courseware, to help him meet these objectives. He would like to use some elements from courseware on Requirements Management, Unified Modeling Language (UML) Model Driven Development and Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD).

The initial resources Oulid-Aissa may use to enhance the IST curriculum for South University Online include:

  • AIX and Linux platforms via the scalable enterprise computing architecture of the IBM Power System.
  • IBM Data Studio, integrated, modular environment for data modeling and database development and administration of IBM DB2, relational DBMS with integrated support for SQL and other database development languages.
  • Rational software, Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS) requirements management product, and Rational Rhapsody, software design/construction product.

"Our students access our courses remotely; therefore, they do not have access to physical labs," says Oulid-Aissa. "The way we provide our students with the necessary hands-on experience is through simulated lab environments in some of our courses. The PSAI now gives us the opportunity to incorporate more hands-on experience for students in more courses."

In the future, Oulid-Aissa hopes to explore ways his department can use aspects of the IBM WebSphere application server and IBM InfoSphere platform to continue building on the university's long history of driving student success.