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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SURV 1100 - Elementary Surveying

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

Use of transit and level; reading verniers and angles, linear measurement; extending straight lines, differential and profile leveling; simple traverse survey, computation including right triangle trigonometry for surveying and keeping notes.

Billable Contact Hours: 5

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course students will describe the history and importance of surveying.


  1. Describe the history of surveying.
  2. Identify the two types of surveying.
  3. Explain surveying safety procedures.
  4. Identify the specialized types of surveying.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course students will utilize correct units, significant figures, and field notes in recording & computing surveying data.


  1. Identify surveying units of measurement.
  2. Describe the International and US survey foot.
  3. Use significant figures in calculations.
  4. Perform rounding off of numbers in calculations.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course students will explain theory of errors in observations.


  1. Utilize direct and indirect observations.
  2. Identify errors and mistakes in measurements.
  3. Calculate probability of measured data.
  4. Calculate residuals of measured data.
  5. Interpret standard deviations.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course students will describe differential leveling theory, methods, and equipment.


  1. Explain the different vertical datums used in North America.
  2. Calculate the curvature of the earth and refraction.
  3. Perform methods to determine the difference in elevation.
  4. Utilize the various equipment for differential leveling.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course students will perform leveling field procedures and computations.


  1. Perform leveling techniques.
  2. Calculate the precision of a leveling data.
  3. Perform adjustments to leveling data.
  4. Identify mistakes and errors in leveling.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course students will perform distance measurement.


  1. Identify the methods for measuring distances.
  2. Perform measurements using a steel tape.
  3. Identify corrections for identifying with a steel tape.
  4. Perform measurements with an electronic distance measuring device.
  5. Identify errors of the electronic measuring device.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course students will calculate angles, azimuths, and bearings.


  1. Identify the units of angle measurement.
  2. Identify the different types of horizontal angles.
  3. Calculate the direction of a line.
  4. Identify the difference between azimuths and bearings.
  5. Compute azimuths and bearings.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course students will perform angle operations.


  1. Identify the functions performed by a Total Station.
  2. Explain the parts of a Total Station.
  3. Correctly handle and setup a Total Station.
  4. Perform angle observation measurements.

Outcome 9: Upon completion of this course students will describe traversing and computations.


  1. Perform angle and distance observations.
  2. Identify Traverse Station.
  3. Document traverse field notes.
  4. Perform traversing observations.
  5. Identify errors in traversing.
  6. Perform traverse computations.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Math evaluation, information sheet, course preview, prelim. History.
  2. Fractions, conversions, significant figures, algebra, right angle, trigonometry, field notes, lab.
  3. Vertical datum’s, curvature and refraction, difference in elevation, equipment.
  4. Differential leveling, precision, three-wire leveling, profile leveling, lab.
  5. Methods of liner measurement, taping, sources of error.
  6. Electronic distance measurement, determining vertical difference, errors, lab.
  7. Review
  8. Exam

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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