SRJC Course Outlines

8/18/2022 4:50:26 AMSURV 58 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SURV 58Title:  BOUNDARY DETERMINATION  
Full Title:  Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Determination
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 Scheduled3.006 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:  CEST 59A

Catalog Description:
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In this course students will explore the historical development, current concepts, records research, field methods, and evidence and procedures used in boundary determination. This course is intended for those in the fields of civil engineering, land surveying, real estate, and title insurance. Field trips required.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of APTECH 191, CEST 51, and SURV 60


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course students will explore the historical development, current concepts, records research, field methods, and evidence and procedures used in boundary determination. This course is intended for those in the fields of civil engineering, land surveying, real estate, and title insurance. Field trips required.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of APTECH 191, CEST 51, and SURV 60
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

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

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. List and define the differences between public lands and private lands boundaries
2. List and analyze types of evidence
3. Prepare and interpret legal descriptions of land boundaries
4. Describe and determine the differences between property rights, property ownership and property boundaries
5. Perform basic records research and reconnaissance for boundary surveys
6. Perform basic field methods in support of boundary surveys
 

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
1. Summarize the historical development of current land law in California and the United States
2. Identify the concepts and types of evidence used in boundary determination
3. List the types of ownership and evaluate the effects of transfers of property
4. Interpret and prepare various types of legal descriptions
5. Analyze the effects of unwritten title in property surveys
6. Describe the responsibilities of the professional surveyor, court, attorney, title company, engineer, local agencies, and landowners in boundary determination
7. Research and obtain hard copy and electronic land surveying related records from public agencies
8. Perform various boundary surveying field methods

Topics and Scope
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Lecture
I. History and Overview of Property Surveying and Boundary Systems
    A. Babylonian and Egyptian systems
    B. Native American lands
    C. French system
    D. Spanish and Mexican land grants
    E. Other systems: Texas, colonial eastern seaboard states
     F. Public Domain
    G. Lands held in trust by the State of California
    H. Lands held privately and Common Law
II. Ownership of Real Property
    A. Acquisition and transfer of real property
         1. Simultaneous and sequential conveyances      
         2. Unwritten conveyances
         3. Eminent domain
    B. Interests in Real Property
         1. Individual vs. shared
         2. Controlling interest
         3. Lenders and title
    C. Supplemental laws
         1. Homesteads
         2. Statute of frauds
         3. Statute of limitations
         4. Power of attorney
    D. Real property encumbrances
         1. Liens
         2. Trust deeds
         3. Land contracts
         4. Recording
         5. Judgments
         6. Title insurance
III. Priority of Controlling Calls
    A. Types of controlling calls
    B. Order of priority
IV. Evidence Used for Locating Land
    A. Types of evidence
    B. Preserving and recording evidence
    C. Evidence and technology
    D. Calculations and measurements as evidence
V. Requirements for Written Title Boundaries
    A. Legal
    B. Financial
VI. Writing Legal Descriptions
    A. Types of legal descriptions
    B. Parts of a legal description
    C. Considerations when drafting descriptions
VII. The Surveying Profession
    A. The surveyor in court
    B. The surveyor in business
    C. Professional liability
    D. Professional stature
 
Laboratory
I. Boundary Survey Planning and Implementation
    A. Client intent and survey needs   
     B. Records assembly and review
    C. Geographic Information System (GIS) data acquisition
    D. Hard copy maps versus digital maps
    E. Adjoiner notification, legal access
    F. Equipment familiarization, preparation, and use
II. General Boundary Research at County Offices
    A. Introduction to Sonoma County Surveyor's Office
    B. Introduction to Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder's Offices
    C. Introduction to adjoining county offices
III. Boundary Survey Field Reconnaissance
    A. Records assembly and review
    B. GIS data acquisition
    C. Hard copy maps versus digital maps
    D. Adjoiner notification, legal access
    E. Field evidence identification
    F. Equipment familiarization, preparation, and use
IV. Boundary Survey Field Methods
    A. Boundary creation versus retracement
    B. Measurement equipment
    C. Locating equipment
    D. Evidence assessment
    E. Field notes and data collection
V. Boundary Review and Resolution
    A. Review data
    B. Interpret data
    C. Resolve, opine on boundary location
VI. Boundary Mapping and Submittal
    A. Review data
    B. Interpret data
    C. Create maps and plats in Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
    D. Mock map submittal for review and recording

Assignments:
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Lecture
1. Textbook reading (1-2 chapters per week)
2. Homework sets (8-14)
3. Quizzes (7-14)
4. Exams (2-4)
5. Final exam
 
Lab
1. Exercises and performance evaluations (weekly)
2. Written lab reports, field reports, plats and legal descriptions (3-6)

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
15 - 25%
Legal descriptions and homework sets
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Written reports and homework sets
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Field laboratory exercises
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Quizzes, exams, and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Control. 7th ed. Robillard, Walter and Wilson, Donald. Wiley. 2013 (classic)
Forensic Procedures for Boundary and Title Investigation. Wilson, Donald. Wiley. 2008 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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