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Language and Matter: Technical Writing for Analytical Scientists and Managers

Course# Date Time Location
198-1311 10/15/2024 - 10/15/2024 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Microsoft Teams
Cost: $600.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 0.5
Instructor: Anthony Parker, A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC

Course Overview

This course is designed to assist professionals with the basic skills needed to effectively communicate with any target audience within a business/technical environment. Lectures are combined with examples 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.


  1. Learn about the basic skills needed to communicate complex ideas to select audiences.
  2. Learn how to compose the most important components of a document using parallel structure.
  3. Learn how to produce higher quality documents more quickly.
  4. Learn how to establish an appropriate rhythm to satisfy the needs of your reading 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.

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.
  • International Students: For virtual (online) courses, an additional fee will be assessed to cover the cost of shipping the professional binder (presentation slides), to your address. The cost of international shipping can be significant.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:

niederlanderAnthony Parker, Ph.D. is the Principal Scientist and founder of A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC. Dr. Parker has 38 years of industrial experience in research, development, and management. He has been involved in multiple start-up businesses ranging from medical devices and musical instrument strings to packaging adhesives and cosmetics. His interests and expertise are in the areas of surface chemistry and adhesion, bio-based materials and adhesives, mechanical properties of polymers, structure-property-process relationships in polymers, thermal analytical methods, spectroscopic methods (NMR, FTIR), coatings, organosilanes, and musical instrument strings. Dr. Parker has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical publications, with more than 40 issued patents and several patents pending.

Introduction and Historical Background

Structural Elements in Technical Writing

  • What is Technical Writing
  • Six common Mistakes
  • Parallel Structure
  • Establishing the Main Idea in Four Steps
  • Structural Elements in Technical Writing: Language and Matter\Building the Document
  • Thesis
  • Supporting Statements
  • Introduction
  • Body
  • Conclusions
  • “Hooks” & Transition Statements
  • Examples

Group Activities

Technical Documents

  • Analysis of Audience
  • Types of Documents
  • Presentation of Data
  • References and Citations

Basic Grammar Review (for reference)

Summary: Pulling it All Together

  • Critical review
  • Parallel Structure & Audience
  • Analysis of specific problems from course participants


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policy.