Technical Writing Basics
Monday, January 14, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST


      • Business letters: formats and types of business correspondence

      • Memos and electronic mail: advantages and disadvantages 
         of internal communication

   Best Practices in Technical Documents

      • Document elements: using formats to establish the order of content in 
         document front matter, body, and end matter

      • Document types: correspondence, specifications, reports, 
         instructions and proposals

Planning Documents
Monday, January 14, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CST

   Effective technical communication characteristics

      • Ensuring accuracy, clarity, conciseness, coherence, and appropriateness

   Defining purpose and audience

      • Identifying the document purposes and assessing your audience’s needs and expertise

   Organizing and planning

      • Developing work strategies to set priorities and to make the best use of writing time

      • Creating project plans outlining specific details for a predictable and logical structure 
         to help your audience understand technical information

Writing Documents
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST


      • Adopting an appropriate style and tone

      • Using effective sentence construction

      • Constructing effective paragraphs

      • Building sentences and paragraphs

      • Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)

   Designing documents

      • Page layout and design considerations


      • Creating and integrating visuals

Revising and Editing Documents
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CST

   Editing for grammar and style

      • Choosing the right words and technical terminology

      • Using the punctuation and mechanics correctly

      • Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)

   Reviewing content

      • Checking accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness

      • Checking unity and coherence

      • Ethical issues

Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) – 10.13 (High Sierra)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

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     8.0 PDHs

     8.0 HSW CE Hours

    8.0 LUs


Continuing Education Credit Information

These live, interactive webinars are designed to qualify for continuing education credit for professional engineers and architects in most states, except for Florida architects. Please see each webinar listing for the number of available continuing education credits. Course participants need to be aware of any licensing restrictions on online learning to fulfill their continuing education requirements. The contents of the Proposal Writing webinar and the Technical Writing webinars are not considered HSW for architects. Architects need to be aware of continuing education licensing restrictions on non-HSW coursework.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is approved as a continuing education provider by the American Institute of Architects (No. J885). HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses.

Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events. Certificates of completion will be provided upon successful completion of the quiz at the end of each webinar, and earned LUs will be reported to the AIA/CES.


Dr. Mark Decker, PhD

Professor and Department Chair in the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department

Mr. Decker teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has PhD and MA degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).

While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between technical writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.

After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published both a book and a co-edited book as well as several scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia chapters.

There are 4 Courses in This Seminar

Technical Writing Basics

Technical Writing Basics

January 14, 2019 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Planning Documents

Planning Documents

January 14, 2019 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Writing Documents

Writing Documents

January 15, 2019 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker
Revising and Editing Documents

Revising and Editing Documents

January 15, 2019 Webinar Dr. Mark Decker