Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) hires construction professionals to teach in its Construction Management Program. Right now, they are looking for someone to teach Construction Management 310: Construction Surveying. They have surveying instruments, course materials, and lab manuals in hand that can be provided to the instructor.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Dr. Gulbin Ozcan-Deniz at

Below is a description of the course:


CMGT 310 – Construction Surveying

Catalog Description

This course presents the basic surveying principles and their applications in construction. Students are introduced to the use of surveying equipment to achieve horizontal and vertical distance measurement, horizontal and vertical angle measurement, and computation of coordinates. The course includes additional topics like field data collection for site mapping, such as topographic surveys, boundary surveys, feature location, ground survey control, and traverse computations in addition to construction layout practices with the use of digital instruments.

Course Description

The theory and practice of surveying is introduced through lectures and labs. Students are introduced to modern surveying instruments like Total Station and are expected to use them during labs to perform fieldwork. Fieldwork addresses the topics discussed in class to give students hands-on experience with surveying.

Course Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply a working knowledge of surveying equipment and techniques required to do basic construction layout
  • Setup and operate a total station and other surveying equipment
  • Perform horizontal distance measurement
  • Apply horizontal angle measurement techniques
  • Determine elevations of existing features and set elevations for future construction on a project site
  • Recognize how topography relates to construction progress
  • Discuss typical problems encountered in surveying and how they affect a Construction Manager
  • Value the importance of surveying to the CM profession

ABET Learning Objectives

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice

Instructional Approach and Activities

The course will be structured as a lecture/lab. Material will be presented through in-class and online lectures and will include practical applications through a lab environment. Lab time will be spent practicing how to use surveying equipment and how to obtain/layout correct measurements. Evaluation will be through assignments, lab reports, examinations, and class participation. In-class and lab activities are crucial and mandatory to fulfill the objectives of this course.

Lab Assignments

Lab activities are group activities and lab reports will be submitted as a group. All group members will receive the same grade. Lab assignment requirements are posted in the lab manual. A successful lab reports should fulfill both the content and format requirements as requested. Lab assignments are due at the beginning of next lab class.