Introduction to Surveying

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Course Description:
This course covers the principles of measurements of distances, elevations, and angles. It also includes error theory in measurement and calculations, traverse calculations, and the basic principles of surveying and mapmaking. The use of various surveying equipment such as levels, EDM, transits, and GPS will be examined.


Course Details


Eligibility for MAC 1105, College Algebra



Frank McMahon


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Surveying, 6th edition” by McCormac, Sarasua, and Davis published by Wiley.  ISBN 9780470496619


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Understand basic surveying principles, construction sites, and equipment.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Perform common surveying computations, including sideshots, inversing, intersection, and basic area partitioning problems.
  • Perform computations for horizontal and vertical route alignment curves, and set-up the appropriate field notes for construction layout.
  • Determine areas of route cross-sections using mechanical and electronic planimeters.
  • Compute earthwork cut and fill volumes
    from route survey data.
  • Understand the field procedures related to setting marks for line and grade,
    setting grade stakes and slope stakes, new building and pipeline layout, and
    other surveying topics.
  • Perform a topo survey in a group; individually reduce and plot the field data, and draw a suitable topographic map.
  • Draw an accurate plat from a metes and bounds property description as well
    as layout the property precisely.
  • Understand the fundamental legal aspects and terminology related to property or boundary surveying.
  • Explain the principles of subdivision design and land use ordinances, as they relate to property surveying and site planning.

Demonstrate mastery of computer aided drafting (CAD) by constructing engineering, mechanical, and geometrical drawings. 

Demonstrate ability to sketch, letter, and generate line-work to describe various objects.

Demonstrate ability to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views.

Demonstrate a wide range of mathematical skills including plane trigonometry, strength of materials, technical, and other engineering problems, including theories learned in engineering mechanics.

Demonstrate ability to use standard surveying equipment to make measurements and calculations to run a traverse, establish levels, keep notes and produce required drawings.

Demonstrate ability to analyze physical and mechanical properties of soil and concrete.

Demonstrate ability to solve basic hydraulic problems.

Quizzes,Unit Tests, Skills Demonstration and Performance, Projects, Final Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes are determined by measuring the ability of each student to retain the learning objectives of the course. Performance-based methods, such as completion of assigned projects, general knowledge tests, oral and written presentations of assignments, group discussions, observation of mastery of critical skills and analysis of the final product will determine the final grade on this course.


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