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Monday December 19, 2022
8:30 am – 5:00 pm CST (including a 60-min. break)


Presented by
Dr. Mark Decker

Planning, Designing and Writing Documents
Defining purpose and audience
• Identifying the document’s audience
• Adapting the document for audience needs and expertise
• Creating documents that meet the needs of multiple audiences.
Writing documents
• Adopting an appropriate style and tone
• Using effective sentence construction
• Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)
• Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)
Designing documents
• Page layout and design considerations
• Visually appealing writing
• Displaying data and visual information
• Creating and integrating visuals
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

Best Practices in Correspondence and Technical Documents
Business letters
• Formats and types of business correspondence
Memos and electronic mail
• Advantages and disadvantages of internal communications
Document types specifications, reports, instructions, and proposals
• Best practices in document formats

Document Elements
Using common document sections to establish the order of content in document front matter, body, and end matter

Revising and Editing Documents
Editing for grammar and style
• Using punctuation and mechanics correctly
Reviewing content
• Checking accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness
• Checking unity and coherence


 Webinar Instructions
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. 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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Professional Engineers:
7.0 PDHs

7.0 Non-HSW CE Hours
7.0 AIA LU| Elective


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 7.0 continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow non-HSW coursework.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the Practicing Institute of Engineering (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The Practicing Institute of Engineering has evaluated and approved this course for 7.0 PDHs for New York architects and engineers.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU| Electives (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


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.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Technical Writing Workshop for Design Professionals

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course is designed to improve architects’ and engineers’ writing skills, which is a valuable, but often overlooked, communication skill, since it lacks the back-and-forth nature of spoken communication. Miscommunication in written exchanges can lead to design and construction errors.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to plan and design written documents from identifying the document’s audience and writing for that audience and/or multiple audiences.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adopt appropriate writing style and tone, use effective sentence structure, use sentence variety, and ensure clarity in their written documents to engage the audience and communicate clearly.

Learning Objective 3:

Learners will be able to create visually appealing documents with effective page layout and organization.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to edit documents for grammar, style, accuracy, completeness, and effectiveness, and they will be able to follow best practices for business letters, memos and electronic mail, reports, instructions, and proposals.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Mastery of the English language

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/20/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00