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SURV 2450 - Introduction to Geospatial Technologies & Topographic Surveying

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: SURV 1100  

(formerly SURV 2400)

This course introduces the student to the different types of topographic surveys, which includes strip, grid, radial and trigonometric. Stadia transit tape, plane table, cross sections, profiles, contours, research, map reading, flood plains, wetlands and photogrammetry control are discussed. Hands-on experiences teach students industry standard basic knowledge and technology skills in Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Remote Sensing (RS) and other aerospace technologies, and surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Billable Contact Hours: 5

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate technology use appropriate for each Geospatial Technology field.

Objectives:

  1. Given a step-by-step tutorial, students will complete a GIS lesson and produce a map layout of their results.
  2. After receiving classroom directions, students will use a GPS unit to find coordinates, elevation, and accuracy of ground features on campus. 
  3. Given aerial and satellite imagery, students will identify various ground objects (buildings, streets, trees, etc.)
  4. Given an aerial photograph, students will use Heads-Up-Digitizing to create an accurate map of a campus.
  5. Given appropriate tools, students will use basic surveying skills to produce an accurate scale map of the classroom or other campus facility.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use geospatial and other technical vocabulary.

Objectives:

  1. Given end-of-lesson worksheets, students will identify and define geospatial technology terminology in their own words.
  2. Given mid-term and final exam questions, students will correctly answer 80% or more of questions drawn from Geospatial Technology terminology.
  3. Given classroom laboratory assignments, students will correctly use Geospatial Technology terminology to ask and answer questions 100% of the time.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use the Project Management Model (PMM) in Geospatial Technology projects. 

Objectives:

  1. Given example projects, students will identify the steps used in the Planning, Implementation and Presentation of the project.
  2. As part of a capstone project (Final Exam), students will present a written outline of their project following the Project Management Model.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the background knowledge necessary to use and understand Geospatial Technologies. 

Objectives:

  1. Given a research assignment, the student will complete a timeline showing important developments in mapping, surveying, and Geospatial Technologies.
  2. Given classroom worksheets, students will correctly use various coordinate systems including geographic (Lat/Lon), UTM and State Plane.
  3. Given GIS software, students will explore map projections, and will identify planar, conic and cylindrical projections.
  4. Using a calculator, students will convert coordinates from Degrees, Minutes, Seconds (DMS) to Decimal Degrees (DD).
  5. Given various map examples, students will identify large and small-scale maps, convert map distance to ground distance, and distinguish between various types of map scales.
  6. Given various maps, students will identify political, topographic, physical, transportation, and thematic maps.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to obtain and use Remote Sensing (RS) data.

Objectives:

  1. Given access to the internet, students will locate online sources of Remote Sensing data and download data sets for their own use.
  2. Upon completion of the unit, students will identify components used to gather aerial and satellite imagery and limitations imposed by each component.
  3. Given an existing household product, the student will identify numerous possible product improvements through brainstorming in a group setting.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use a hand-held GPS unit to collect Geospatial data.

Objectives:

  1. Given a GPS unit, students will obtain, record, and download spatial location data of campus features.
  2. Given a GPS unit, students will locate hidden objects by following positional information (Geocaching).

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use Satellite Tool Kit (STK) to model aerospace missions.

Objectives:

  1. Given classroom instruction and access to software, students will use STK to model the GPS system including satellites, ground stations and signal modeling.
  2. Given classroom instruction and access to software, students will use STK to model an aerial photography mission including platform, camera and flight path information.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use ArcGIS to access, manipulate and display Geospatial Data.

Objectives:

  1. Given Geospatial data, students will use ArcMap to view, analyze, and present spatial data in the form of a map layout.
  2. Given Geospatial data, students will use ArcCatalog to manage, view, document, and validate a dataset to be used in a geospatial data.

Outcome 9: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use ArcGIS to view, manipulate, create, and display Geospatial Data.

Objectives:

  1. Given ArcGIS software and a dataset, students will demonstrate the ability to view, zoom, display, and edit raster and vector data.
  2. Given ArcGIS software and a dataset, students will demonstrate the ability to identify, select, and export data within ArcGIS
  3. Given ArcGIS software and a dataset, students will demonstrate the ability to create new data through export, geocoding, and digitizing.
  4. Given ArcGIS software and a dataset, students will demonstrate the ability to analyze Geospatial Data through the use of proximity, buffer and overlay techniques.

Outcome 10: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create a Data Inventory of their campus.

Objectives:

  1. Using GPS, software, and websites available, students will obtain or create all necessary Geospatial Data to complete an inventory of campus features and structures.
  2. Using ArcGIS software, students will create a map layout of their data.
  3. Using the Project Management Model, students will document their project and submit as a formal paper.

Outcome 11: Upon completion of this course students will create Mapping Surveys.

Objectives:

  1. Identify availability of maps and related items.
  2. Explain the National mapping program.
  3. Explain accuracy standards for mapping.
  4. Perform manual and computer aided mapping.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• 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
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE

  1. Introduction - definitions - types of topographic surveys.
  2. Research - field notes - planning sequence - safety
  3. Strip topo - grid topo - establish base lines - stationing - 90 degree prism
  4. Test - instrument adjustment/care
  5. Plane table - radial topo - transit/tape stadia
  6. Vertical angles - trigometric leveling note keeping
  7. Level - nets/adjustments, corrections for curvature of earth
  8. Bench Marks - maps reading - symbols legends
  9. U.S.G.S. - quad maps - resource material
  10. Utility surveys - mortgage reports - as-builds
  11. Test - start contours
  12. Cross-sections - profiles - contours
  13. Photogrammetry control - flood plain surveys - wet land survey
  14. Tree surveys - total stations - data collections - laser levels
  15. Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology
  16. GPS Technology and using GIS
  17. Aerospace Technology
  18. Introduction to ArcGIS

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Dean
Hutchison, Donald



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



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