SRJC Course Outlines

3/30/2023 11:29:15 PMCEST 53 Course Outline as of Fall 1995

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CEST 53Title:  RT SURVEY & DESIGN  
Full Title:  Route Surveying & Design
Last Reviewed:12/13/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  CET 53

Catalog Description:
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Route surveying methods and design. Geometric design and construction staking of transportation routes.  Use and care of electronic surveying equipment, computers, data collectors, and introduction to photogrammetry, and global positioning systems.

CEST 50B (formerly CET 50B) and CEST 51 (formerly CET 51) or their equivalents with grades of "C" or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Route surveying methods & design.  Geometric design & construction staking of transportation routes.  Use & care of electronic surveying equipment, computers, data collectors.  Introduction to photogrammetry & global positioning systems.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:CEST 50B (formerly CET 50B) and CEST 51 (formerly CET 51) or their equivalents with grades of "C" or better.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  List in order, the steps in developing a route location and give
   an illustrative example of each step.
2.  Define and give an illustrative example for the use of horizontal
   and vertical control surveys.
3.  Reduce field notes for horizontal and vertical control surveys
   and adjust each using the appropriate methods.
4.  Calculate the position of control points using the state plane
   coordinate system, including sea level reductions.
5.  Determine the necessary data to stake-out route curves, including
   simple, compound, reverse and vertical curves.
6.  Determine the necessary data to establish the location for a
   superelevated horizontal curve.
7.  Calculate the volume of earth by average end and contour methods.
8.  Construct a mass diagram using data determine from cross-section
9.  Operate elctronic surveying instruments, data collectors, and
   integrate with PC's.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Route location process.
2.  Types and methods of route surveys.
3.  Control surveys and the application in route location.
4.  Geometric design of routes and layout techniques.
5.  Special alignment problems.
6.  Earth work computations and the mass diagram.
7.  Construction layout techniques.
8.  Slope staking.
9.  Use of electronic surveying instruments.

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1.  Reductions and adjustments of horizontal and vertical control
2.  State plane coordinate systems and reductions.
3.  Horizontal geometric design process and location.
4.  Vertical geometric design process and location.
5.  Earth work calculations by average end.
6.  Earth work calculations by contours.
7.  Constructing mass diagrams.
8.  Contract administration and change orders.
9.  Use of electronic surveying instruments in design and location
10. Construction staking problems and techniques.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
25 - 35%
Homework problems, Field work, Lab reports, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Field work, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 35%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion, COMPUTATIONAL
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Class Participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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ROUTE SURVEYING AND DESIGN, 5th ed. by Meyer-Gibson; Harper and Row,

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