This course will focus on the legal responsibilities of the land surveyor in regard to determining property boundary location. Topics include the role of evidence, the legal principles of boundary creation and retracement, and the understanding and writing of boundary descriptions. The professional and ethical responsibilities of the surveyor and his or her legal liability will be covered. Connecticut specific topics will be covered in the final two weeks. (3 credits)
- 5 years of progressively responsible survey field work.
- 1 year of responsible office survey experience.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Explain the various kinds of property evidence and their order of importance.
- Use boundary location principles to create or retrace properties.
- Describe and understand the various unwritten transfers of property that can occur and their impact.
- Create and interpret property descriptions for deeds.
- Research and analyze public land records, incorporating legal principles.
- Explain the role of the surveyor in professionalism, ethics, and a surveyor’s liability.
- Apply regulations, case law, and mapping standards in their work.
- Exercise critical thinking in solving questions of proper boundary placement.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion Board Questions (Weeks 1-15)
Multiple Choice Quizzes (Weeks 1-15)
Tests (Weeks 5, 12 & 14)
Required TextbooksAvailable through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
- Robillard & Wilson. Evidence & Procedures for Boundary Location. 6th ed. Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-40478-2
Located in the Blackboard course shell
- Reference folder that contains maps and deeds to use for homework and threaded discussions. It will also contain hyperlinks to useful web sites that supplement the lecture and text and articles of interest.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction and Evidence
Topic: The Burden of Proof in Evidence
Topics: Words, Technology, and Other Types of Evidence
Topics: Measurements and Plats as Evidence
Topic: U.S. Surveying History in the Metes and Bounds States
Topics: U.S. Surveying History of the General Land Office (GLO)
Topic: Water Boundaries
Topic: Procedures for Retracement of Boundaries Described by Words
Topic: Procedures for Original Surveys
Topic: Unwritten Transfers of Land Ownership
Topic: Guarantees of Title and Location
Topic: Title Searching Procedures
Topic: Understanding Deed Descriptions
Topic: Writing Deed Descriptions
Topic: Professional Topics for the Land Surveyor
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.