• Document: SUR 360, PUBLIC LAND SURVEY SYSTEM Great Basin College, Fall 2012 Course Syllabus August 15, 2012 Instructor: Steve Parrish, PLS Reno, NV Office hours: to set appointment Home: (eve)
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SUR 360, PUBLIC LAND SURVEY SYSTEM Great Basin College, Fall 2012 Course Syllabus – August 15, 2012 Instructor: Steve Parrish, PLS – Reno, NV Office hours: Email to set appointment Home: 775-852-9331 (eve) Email: 445gj65@att.net (home) Cell: 775-224-3122 Class Meeting Time: 5:30-6:45 pm, Tue (Livenet); Texts: Manual of Instructions for the Survey of the Public Lands of the United States 2009, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (Washington: Government Printing Office, 2009). Restoration of Lost or Obliterated Corners & Subdivision of Sections: A Guide for Surveyors; U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1973) - “Restoration Guide” is optional. Catalog Description: The U. S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS) as described in Official Government Manuals (1851-2009) with emphasis on evidence, both federal and state rules, resurveys, and subdivision of sections. Prerequisite: SUR 261B, RE 104 or permission of instructor. Course Description and Objectives: A detailed course that describes and evaluates the survey procedures contained in the current Manual of Instructions for the Survey of the Public Lands of the United States 2009. The history, design, and planning of the rectangular survey system, original surveys, resurveys, dependent resurveys and independent surveys, protection of bona-fide rights, mineral surveys, special surveys, and riparian rights are explained. The importance of the official plats and field notes is presented. The Manual is presented as a guide as opposed to an absolute directive. This course presents a detailed analysis of the U. S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS). The objective is to present a comprehensive study of the history and original surveying procedures of the PLSS. United States Code Annotated (USCA), Title 43, Public Lands is frequently referenced in the Manual and pertinent Sections will be discussed as they apply to Manual concepts and direction. This historical approach will provide an introduction to the basic principles of boundary surveying and the legal considerations and case law used in boundary location analysis – particularly as it applies to public lands so prevalent in the western states. Expected course outcomes (objectives): Upon completion of the course, students should meet the following expectations: 1. List the basic specifications used by the original surveyors in surveying the public lands of the United States. 2. Explain the history of the PLSS. 3. Explain the common technical and legal terminology pertaining to the PLSS and the role and application of USCA, Title 43, Public Lands. 4. Describe the procedures employed for laying out and establishing township lines, section lines, and subdivision of sections into aliquot parts. 5. Research and utilize the official records of the PLSS. 6. Recognize the types of monumentation of corners in the PLSS and classify facts in the evaluation of evidence, both written and physical. 7. Describe the preparation of the official field notes and plats of the PLSS. 8. Apply legal principles of the restoration of lost or obliterated corners. 9. Perform various types of surveys and computations specific to the PLSS. 08.15.12/jsp SUR 360, PLSS, Fall 2012 Course Syllabus, Page 2 Method of Instruction: Most of the subject material for this course will be presented as lecture, supplemented by examples of official General Land Office (GLO) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) survey and resurvey records, historical reading material, and assignments. Problems will be assigned for both practice (not graded) and as take-home problems that will be graded. In addition, students will complete two (2) typical PLSS survey problems involving research, analysis, opinion, and technical application of PLSS principles. A research project will be required of each student, and will involve research and analysis of an original survey and the subsequent dependent resurvey by the GLO and/or BLM. The project will result in a written paper. Livenet and Interactive Video (IAV) Options: Students have the option of registering for the lecture portion of this course via IAV, or, registering for the discussion portion via Livenet (S01) and viewing the prior weeks IAV portion via streaming video through WebCampus. Students in the IAV portion may also participate in the Livenet session if desired. The IAV lecture will be on Tuesday evenings (7-9:45 pm) and the Livenet discussion will be on Monday evenings (5:30- 6:45 pm). On occasion, the instructor may be out of town for the week. Instructions will be provided to both IAV and Livenet students ahead of time as to accessing the lecture and discussion material. Term Project: To pass the course, it is required that each student complete and

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