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

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SURV 2300 - Boundary Surveying

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: SURV 1100 

This course introduces the student to the study of public and land surveys, which includes the breakdown of sections, government lots, meander lines, corners, coordinate calculation areas, missing legs, metes and bounds descriptions, lot and block proportionment, and state plane coordinates.

Billable Contact Hours: 5

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course students will demonstrate knowledge of Boundary Surveys


  1. Identify the categories of Land
  2. Identify historical perspective.
  3. Perform property description by metes and bounds, block and lot and coordinates.
  4. Explain subdivision surveys.
  5. Explain partitioning of land.
  6. Explain registration of title.
  7. Identify condominium survey.
  8. Identify geographic and land information systems.
  9. Identify sources of errors in boundary surveys.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course students will demonstrate knowledge of surveys of the public lands.


  1. Explain the instructions for the surveys of the public lands.
  2. Explain the initial point, principle meridian and baseline.
  3. Identify standard parallels (correction lines) and standard meridians.
  4. Perform the subdivision of a township.
  5. Explain the accuracy of the public lands surveys.

• 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
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Overview of course - review units of measure
  2. Definitions of terms - historical notes
  3. Law relations to public land surveys
  4. Monuments, evidence, research
  5. Test - start townships
  6. Breakdown of townships and sections
  7. Government lots, meander corners
  9. Coordinate calculations, matrix
  10. Missing legs - closures - adjustments
  11. Area calculations - metes and bound description
  12. Test - Continue metes and bounds description
  13. Lot and block proportionment.
  14. Triangulation - strength of figure
  15. State plane coordinates

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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