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SURV 103 - Advanced Applications in Surveying I - Ron Koester

Course:Advanced Applications in Surveying I
Professor:Ron Koester
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


My name is Ron Koester and I want you to be successful in this course. I am here to support you. Please contact me with any questions, concerns, or just to chat…..

My regular office is located at 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 200, Santa Clarita, being CRC Enterprises, where I work during the day. However since the campus is starting to open up, due to the pandemic, I will hold my office hour every week right BEFORE class from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the SSC room 102. If this doesn’t work for you, I am also available at other times by appointment.

You can reach me by phone at (661) 297-2336, Office or (661) 510-5571, cell or by email at or at

I will do my best to reply to your message in a timely manner, usually 24 hours or less. If you haven’t heard from me, please resend your message. It is helpful if you put “Survey 103” in the subject line of the message. If you would prefer to connect by phone or by Zoom, include your phone number and/or when the best time to connect is.

Course Description

In this class we will focus on measurement analysis, Coordinate Geometry, calculations and State Plane Coordinates and surveying related calculations. By the end of the class you will be able to perform advanced land surveying applications, calculations, and State Plane Coordinates.

What to Expect in this Course

What can students expect for their weekly work load? What technology is required of students (such as a webcam, microphone, specific web browser, Canvas information, if applicable)? What type of projects or exams can students expect?

Survey 103 is being offered as a video conferencing hybrid with in-class lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. You may choose to attend the lectures in person on the Valencia campus of via Zoom.


Canvas will be the LMS for this course and you will find all of the course content, handouts, grades, etc posted in Canvas. Zoom will be used to record each class meeting and the recording will be available through Canvas shortly after each class meeting. If you would like to join a test meeting in Zoom to make sure you are able to join meetings, go to

Types of Assessments

Your final grade will be based on a variety of assignments including homework, quizzes, and exams.

Textbook Information

Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics. 15th Edition. By Wolf and Ghilani Published by Pearson Prentice Hall  ISBN# 0134604652

You will also need a scientific calculator. Scientific calculators can easily be purchased in the campus bookstore, at WalMart, Staples, Office Depot and a number of other stores. The important features are trigonometric functions (Tan, Cos, Sin) and conversions of degrees, minutes, and seconds to decimal degrees and back. Please note that cell phone calculators are not permitted in class.

Other Relevant Course Information

You will need a reliable internet connection, your college email address, and basic computer skills including familiarity with basic windows formats, opening and closing files, sizing windows, starting programs, sending emails, attaching documents, and basic file management skills.

If you have any questions about this course please contact Ron via email:, or or by telephone at (661) 297-2336 or (661) 510-5571.

I look forward to seeing you in class!!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/31/2021 Sub#: 599