Most students taking this course will have an interest in Mining or Geology, although people with an interest in a basic knowledge of surveying (not leading to professional registration as a surveyor) will find the class useful.  It is assumed that students taking this course will have a basic knowledge of geometry and simple trigonometry (ie Pythagorean theorem, sins, cosines, tangents, law of sins, law of cosines).  A basic understanding of mining will aid one in quickly understanding the exercises and points of lectures.

    This class is primarily a "hands on" lab class.  Lectures will be given during some weeks to provide students with an understanding of how surveying operations and equipment works and to explain field exercises that will be performed during the class.  Most lectures will introduce actual surveying equipment and its operation and at some point during the "lecture" the class will stop and work with the instruments and then be "tested" for their proficiency in their use.  This type of controlled "hands on" will precede lab field exercises where students will be expected to use the instruments in actual surveying work.

    Like most "lab" classes students will in general spend 3 hours of "hands on" per week rather than 1 hour of lecture per week as would be the case with a 1 credit hour lecture based class.  On the other hand most exercises are done during class time rather than assigned as homework.  Demonstrating proficiency with use of an instrument will be done in the middle of "lectures".  Lab work will generally be done during class time (except for compiling of maps or drawings that will usually be done on students own out of class "homework" time).  The product of most "Labs" will be maps and field notes on the survey.  There are no "tests" or "homeworks" in this class.  Instead there are in class proficiency exercises where one demonstrates their ability to "hands on" use surveying equipment and Labs where one goes out in the field and performs basic surveys and compiles the notes and map results as a product for submission.

    Unlike most traditional "lecture" based classes where students can attend at their own discretion, but are held responsible for developing knowledge of the material, this class has non-optional attendance.  While attendance is not "taken" and graded of itself, much of the work is evaluated in class.  Obviously a student who is not present in class will not be able to perform in class proficiency exercises nor will they be able to obtain participation credit for their work doing a survey.