Valerie J. H. Powell, RT(R), PhD

Department of Computer & Information Systems

Robert Morris University for official University web pages - please consult these pages for all official RMU information.

This page contains information and links for students of Valerie J. H. Powell, R.T.(R), Ph.D., Professor, Computer & Information Systems; Offices:

  • Moon Township Campus - Wheatley Center, Room 324 - ( 412-397-6452

- E-mail for all coursework: <>; please always include course designation first in subject; in-line text only (no attachments). Fax at Moon: 412-397-6469

For those using RMU e-mail: Check your RMU e-mail return address: your return userid should be like xyzstn, where xyz represents your initials in the RMU Novell network and n represents a 1- to 3-digit number, and the entire return address should be like Otherwise you will not receive replies.


Research and scholarship

Education Research (Jay Powell)

RMU Help Desk

Semester/Term Links:

         2013 Spring

         2013 Fall

Topical Links and Information:


Web sites with computer and internet terminology/concepts/acronyms:

Please inform yourself regarding information technology issues.

Computer virus and related security topics and Encryption and Security

Discrete analysis topics and links, including links to web-based introductions to graph theory

Discrete Math Tool Requirements Document

Software Resources for Teaching Discrete Mathematics

SQL Standards (ANSI X3.135-1992 "Database Language SQL" and ISO/IEC 9075:1992, "Information Technology - Database Languages - SQL"). See JCC Consulting, Inc., SQL standards page: to
For current activity, link to and check projects for Technical Committee H2.

Ethics in Information Technology

Negation and Exclusion in SQL and other Database Technologies - topics, queries, conditions, semantics, syntax

M technology information (positions, suggested texts, FAQs, on-line resources)

Number and Meaning Resources

ABET Accreditation see ABET Evaluation Criteria and link to 2003-2004 CAC Criteria. To identify IS-accredited institutions see ABET Accreditation, search by discipline Information Systems.

2wire information on DSL connections:

ISO 8601 and related Resources - ISO date/time standards, calendars, Y2K retrospective

The Bit Budget Concept (used in INFS2210, INFS3230, INFS3450, INFS6210, INFS6230, INFS6760) Comments about the "symbol budget" problem implicit in the genetic code.

Health Care Informatics Concepts

Thanks to the following RMU students for recommendations on web site links and information: Bob Olesnevich, Ian Parker, Julie Wolf, Susan Lewis, Bryce Budd, Tom Conlon, Dan Sullivan, Susan Andreone, Morris Mattes, Jad Mahsoob, Richard Martz.

Office Hours (through week before finals in December 2013):

Inquire in class.

& ROBCAT on-line RMU library catalog:

In order to be ready for interviews through RMU Career Center, make sure you have completed all requirements for participation in the CAP (Career Accelerator Program) sessions. After completing CAP attendance, you can register for the On-Campus Recruiting. ( Contact Sheila Broman (Coordinator) at the Career Center, 412-397-2482, for assistance or information. Career Center e-mail address:
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( Phone number for RMU Academic Internship Program (Sheila Broman): 412-397-2482 (Moon) or 412-262-8224. Career Center offices are located in Patrick Henry on the Moon Campus (Lower Level near the Plaza Entrance to the Student Center) and in the 600 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh Center (Mezzanine Level). Hours for both locations: Mondays/Tuesdays*/Wednesdays*/Thursdays/Fridays, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - *late hours - Pittsburgh Center until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and Moon Campus open until 7:00 pm on Wednesdays.

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