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Course Title: Language and Matter: Technical Writing for Analytical Scientists and Managers
Categories: 1 - Management/Professional Development
2 - Technical Writing
Instructor(s): Anthony Parker, Joseph Marcinko Course Number: 11
Affiliation: A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC
Course Date: 03/05/2016 - Saturday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $550 ($750 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This course is designed to assist professionals with the basic skills needed to effectively and convincingly communicate to any target audience within a business/technical environment. Lectures are combined with "hands-on" activities to reinforce and develop techniques such as defining and understanding the needs/interests of a writer's audience, and communicating ideas through "parallel structure.” Upon completion, participants will have been exposed to a unique paradigm that will assist them in planning and preparing high-quality technical, scientific, and business documents.

Target Audience
This course was designed by industrial scientists and managers -- for industrial scientists and managers. The target audience includes writers from technical & business disciplines, including anyone who strives to improve written and oral communication skills in the technical workplace.

Course Outline
Introduction & Course Overview
Segment One: Building the Appropriate Document
• Analysis of Audience
• Types of Documents
• Presentation of Information and Data
• References and Citations

Segment Two: Structural Elements in Technical Writing
• Language and Matter
• Common Mistakes
• Establishing the Main Idea
• Parallel Structure
• Example Outline
• Thesis
• Supporting Statements
• Hooks and Transition Statements
• Introductions and Conclusions
• Break
• Working Examples
• Group Activities

Segment Three (optional): Basic Grammar Review
• Nouns
• Verbs
• Subject / Verb Agreement
• Pronouns
• Adjectives
• Adverbs
• Break
• Prepositions
• Conjunctions
• Interjections
• Connectives
• Clauses
• Fragments

Conclusion: “Pulling It All Together”
• Critical review of your written document
• Examining Parallel Structure
• Defining the Audience
• Examining Basic Grammar
• Questions and Discussion – Analysis of specific problems from course participants

Course Instructor's Biography
Anthony Parker, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist and founder of A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC. Dr. Parker has 30 years of industrial experience in research, development, and management. His interests and expertise are in the areas of surface chemistry and adhesion, mechanical properties of polymers, structure-property-process relationships, biopolymer adhesives, thermal analytical methods, spectroscopic methods (NMR, FTIR), UV curable coatings, and musical strings/ instruments. Dr. Parker has authored over 50 publications, with more than 30 issued patents and several patents pending. Joseph Marcinko, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist and founder of Polymer Synergies LLC. Dr. Marcinko has 29 years of combined industrial R&D, management, and academic experience. His interests and expertise are in the areas of polyurethane chemistry, adhesion science, polymer characterization, NMR spectroscopy, and polymer structure -property relationships. He is an adjunct professor at Cumberland County College where he teaches Physical Science, Environmental Science, and Principles of Science. He also holds a secondary education teaching certification. Dr. Marcinko has authored over 30 publications, and has 5 patents plus 5 patents pending.