Technical Writing Basics
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August 18, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CDT
• 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
2.0 HSW Contact Hours
(AIA: 2.0 HSW LUs)
HalfMoon Education is an AIA-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885). Architects please note that the Proposal and Technical Writing series will not be offering HSW credits and may be for information purposes only in states that require all HSW coursework. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. All of the courses in these series offer PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Check each listing for the specific number of PDHs offered. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. 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, and LUs will be reported to the AIA.
Dr. Mark Decker
Dr. Mark Decker is professor and department chair in Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department, where he 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.