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Geographical Information Science

1. Program Description 

The objective of talents cultivation in Geographic Information Science aims to cultivate professional and academic talents and application and development talents with high quality that are equipped with basic knowledge of Geography, in possession of basic theories, basic knowledge and basic skills of Geographic Information Science, with capability of expertly applying geographic information technologies and methods and undertaking study, teaching, development and application of geographic information. The basic requirements of talents cultivation of this major is to grasp basic theories and basic knowledge of Earth Science, Information Science and Geographic Information Science; in possession of wide academic vision and with comprehension of development frontier of Geographic Information Science and research in remote sensing field, with capacity of applying Geographic Information Science, remote sensing and satellite navigation and position system and technology to solve problems in relation to information acquisition, analysis processing and decision support in Geography.

2. Program Duration and Credit

This is a four-year undergraduate program, which can be completed within a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.

A total of 158 credits are required upon the completion of the program. 

3. Curriculum

Three modules of courses are offered for the program: Basic Curriculum, Essential Curriculum, and Elective Curriculum. The Basic and Essential curricula are compulsory for a Bachelor’s degree.

The Elective Curriculum in the list includes extended disciplinary courses offered by the school into which an individual student is admitted, as well as cross disciplinary courses offered by other schools. Students can choose the extended and cross disciplinary courses according to their personal interests and career plans; however, credits should be approved by the School.

(1)Basic Curriculum

Course Code

Course Title

Is it a core course?

Credit Required

Note

100701062101

Advanced Mathematics A(I)

 

6

 

100701062102

Advanced Mathematics A(II)

 

6

 

100701062108

Linear Algebra

 

3

 

100712062101

Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics A

 

5

 

100705102210

Introduction to Geographical Science and Discussion

 

2

 

100705102201

Physiography

 

3

 

100705102207

Professional Introduction to GIS

 

2

 

100705102208

Human Geography

 

2

 

100705102209

Interpretation on GIS in Geography

 

3

 

(2)Essential Curriculum

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Required

Note

100705103034

Principles of Geographic Information System* 

4

Including 2 credits in practice

100705103035

Design and Development of Geographic Information System*

3

Including 2 credits in practice

100705103036

Technology of Geographic Information System*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103037

Cartography*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103038

Collection and Management of Spatial Data*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103039

Survey of Remote Sensing*

3

 

100705103040

Digital Image Processing of Remote Sensing*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103044

Spatial Database*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103045

Geographic Analysis of GIS*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103046

Principles and Methods of Geographic Modeling*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103041

Geographic Analysis of Remote Sensing*

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103042

C-Language and Programming

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103047

Algorithm Basis of GIS

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103048

Object-Oriented Programming by C#/C++

2

Practical course

100705103043

Data Structure

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705103049

Comprehensive Study in Geography

1

Practical course

100705103050

Comprehensive Practice of Surveying & Mapping and map

1

Practical course

100705103051

Thesis

4

Practical course

3Elective Curriculum

Corse Code

Course Title

Credit Required

Note

100705104039

Frontier and progress of GIS

2

 

100705104040

Global Satellite Navigation and Positioning Technology

2

 

100705104041

Digital Photogrammetry

2

 

100705104042

Map Design and Electronic Cartography

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705104043

Excavation of Spatial Data

2

 

100705104044

GIS of Humanistic Society

2

 

100705104045

Three-Dimensional GIS and Virtual Geographical Environment

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705104046

Computer Graphics

2

 

100705104047

Network Service of Geographic Information

3

Including 1credit in practice

100705104048

Application of GIS

2

 

100705104049

Development of Open-Source GIS and Mobile GIS

2

Practical course

100705104053

Summer International Course

2

 

100705104050

Production Practice

2

Practical course

100705104051

Innovative & Entrepreneurial Cases Analysis of GIS

1

Practical course

100705104052

Comprehensive Experiment/Practice of GIS

2

Practical course

(Note: 1. Odd-number semesters are the fall semesters and even-number semesters are the spring semesters in each academic year.)

      2. The asterisk * marks a core course.

4. Core Courses and Introductions

100705103034 Principles of Geographic Information System     (4 cr.)

Prerequisites: Concept of GIS, Cartography, Physical geography

Through the study of this course, students are required to know the principle, methodology and application of GIS, and are able to using GIS software for spatial data collection, editing, management and analysis.

Geographic information system (GIS) is a newly high-tech discipline which has integrated the advantage of Geography, mapping and Surveying, Computer Science together. 《principle of GIS》 is the first major course of GIS undergraduate. The course is offered in the first semester of the second academic year. Through this course, students will have a deep and thorough understanding of basic conception, methodology and technology of geographical information system. The main content of this course includes: basic conception of GIS, the features and development of GIS; GIS data model; GIS data structure; Spatial Data Organization and Management; spatial analysis and visualization; transmission of geographic information; etc. The course focuses on strengthening the special analysis ability as well as the practice ability on the basis of knowledge education, using the methodology of research-oriented teaching. The course won the national quality courses in 2004.

100705103035 Design and Development of Geographic Information System     (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: Geographic Information System, Designing and Developing

Learning through the basic theory and method of curriculum, the students grasp the basic application GIS design methods and implementation process from the perspective of software engineering. Combined with typical application GIS case analysis, the vision of students' GIS application is expanded, the students ability of system analysis and design is enhanced.

GIS application case analysis is divided two parts of theoretical method teaching and typical case analysis. The theoretical method teaching include application based GIS system analysis, system design, functional design, database detailed design, application model design, input and output design, systems implementation, systems administration and maintenance. This part is arranged 18 teaching period. The typical case analysis include water resources management information system, Geological disaster management information system, Tourism management information system, Pipeline management information system, land administration information system, Public security management information system and so forth. This part is arranged 8 teaching period.

100705103036 Technology of Geographic Information System    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: Principles of GIS

Through this course, students should understand the status and progress of the geographic information system technology, understand and master the geographic information system technology of related principles, methods and key technologies.

This course is one of a required course for the geographic information system major" geographic information system technology " course is different from the geographic information technology and geographic information systems applications in the traditional sense, for the latter is much more widespread, and the former is more specific. This course emphasizes the technical connotation of the six components (network, software, hardware, data, personnel, methods) of the geographic information system under the framework of the concept of engineering and technology. Geographical information system major students in the university one or two grades have to study "the introduction of geographic information system" which is a professional basic course, and the course is more emphasis on the basic concept of geographic information system, theory and method. In addition, the students also learned a lot of other courses, such as spatial data structure, spatial database, geographic information system applications, these courses are also varying degrees of stressed  GIS  in a technical direction specific principles, methods and trends Geographic Information System technical features make the undergraduate teaching system must be set up corresponding systematic "technical course" which not only helps the students in-depth understanding of the essence of GIS technology, but also to build a bridge link various different technical content of the course, to help students better knowledge mastery. Course includes six parts, namely: geographic information system (GIS) technology introduction and geographical space elements expression technology, spatial object modeling technology, spatial data organization and management technology, spatial data sharing technology, Web GIS technology.

100705103037  Cartography    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: none

This course introduces students to the basic principles and applications involved in cartography. At the conclusion of this course students should have an understanding of basic principles and techniques in cartography; Skill in the use of a variety of contemporary mapping software and products; an understanding of the graphic principles in map design and map product output. And the ability to use cartographic approaches for GIS and other purposes.

This course focuses on both basic principles y and practice of cartography. It includes two parts as principles and practice. The contents include concept of cartography, map projections, mapping data recourses, map symbols and map design, map generalization, general maps, thematic maps. This course is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

100705103038 Collection and Management of Spatial Data    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: Advanced Mathematics, Cartography

This course is designed to enable students to understand the main contents of measurements, master the principles and steps of Leveling Measurement, Angle Measurement, Distance Measurement, Control Measurement, Topographic Map Measurement, familiar with the causes of measurement errors and methods of treatment; With emphasis on cultivating students' practical ability, by the outdoor practices of measuring, able to skillfully manipulate some conventional measuring instruments, master practical skills, in order to deepen the awareness of spatial data collection methods and processing capabilities.

Surveying is a science of studying how to determine the spatial position of the ground point, and mapping the Earth's surface topography, surface features, boundaries of administrative and ownership, as well as the planning and designing of dots and lines in the field of targeting. Surveying is the basic course of Geographical, GIS, Land Management, Civil Engineering and other related professionals, which focus on developing students' practical skills. The contents of Surveying mainly include: Surveying Overview, Leveling Measurement, Angle Measurement, Distance Measurement, Measurement Error Theory, Control Measurement, GPS Measurements, Topographic Measurement and Digital Mapping, etc.

100705103039  Survey of Remote Sensing    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: None

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of remote sensing. The student can understand the physical mechanism of remote sensing, imaging mechanism and master the technology of visual interpretation of remote sensing image. While the latest progress of earth observation world should be known.

This course will cover the basic concepts and techniques of remote sensing systems, and the latest achievements and developments of earth observation technology. By studying the physical basis of remote sensing, imaging mechanism and image interpretation principles, the students should understand the working principle of the main remote sensing sensor, the features of remote sensing platform, and the characteristics of multispectral remote sensing; understand the characteristics of different remote sensing types; understand the principles of visual interpretation, and know the general procedures and methods of remote sensing image interpretation. The general introduction of high spectral remote sensing, thermal infra-red remote sensing and microwave remote sensing will be covered in this course.

100705103040 Digital Image Processing of Remote Sensing    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: Linear Algebra, Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics, Survey of Remote Sensing

This course provides an introduction to digital image-processing concepts and techniques as they are used in the processing and analysis of imagery collected from satellite. Students are expected to learn and master the typical principles, algorithms, methods, workflow, and application conditions of image processing and use remote sensing image processing software to enhance image and extraction information about the land cover from satellite image.

Digital image processing in remote sensing is a basic course of GIS. This course emphasizes the basic techniques and algorithms of digital image processing in remote sensing, focusing on optical digital remote sensing image. The course covers the following contents: the basic concepts of remote sensing image processing, remote sensing image file types and the format, image file reading and writing, calculation of statistical characteristics in image, image display and stretching algorithm, image atmospheric correction, image re-sampling and geometric correction, typical algorithm of image transformation and image filtering, image segmentation method, typical algorithms and method of image classification. Courses goes deep the understanding and use of the basic principles and methods of remote sensing image processing through lectures, tests and exercises, and program development, trains the basic skills of image processing, and can be used as a technical and methodological support for remote sensing image analysis and application.

100705103044  Spatial Database    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: None

Students will have acquired the basic concepts in design and implementation of GIS with a particular focus on design and implementation of spatial databases, learned theories in particular basic spatial data structure and Algorithms, and obtained practical hands-on experience with commercial relational and object-oriented database management systems, and spatial database management systems.

The course focuses on learning spatial database management techniques and methods, using these skills to address a ‘real world’. This course covers data acquisition & database creation, relational database, database design and data security, information queries and optimization, and integration of multiple data sources in GIS database system.

100705103045  Geographic Analysis of GIS    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: None

The research object of this course is irregular, continuous surface of the earth. In this principle, all disciplines involved the surface of the earth is its research object or its research scope. Such as digital image processing in remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geomorphology, soil erosion and utilization analysis, hydrological and ecological applications, etc.

100705103046 Principles and Methods of Geographic Modeling    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: None

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the basic principles and methods of geographic modeling, master the basic skills and know implementation process of geographic modeling well. Require students to understand the basic concepts and the related theories, have the ability of data analysis and processing initially, can use the given data to establish a general model and to discuss the mechanism of the geographical models according to the requirements of different geographic problem-solving models. Through the study of this course, it is necessary to lay the foundation for the professional research and the scientific engineering computing practice.

According to the needs of geography development and the geographic modeling, this course describes the main models and methods of geography modeling. The content includes conceptual models, physical models, statistical models, fuzzy mathematical models, dynamic data analysis models, spatial data analysis models, distributed mechanism process models, geographic models’ construction and verification. At the same time, the model construction and the application of the model are mainly discussed.

100705103041  Geographic Analysis of Remote Sensing    (3 cr.)

Prerequisites: None

This course is based on Introduction to RS and Physical Geography. Through this course, students will have the knowledge for relevant problems of geography, have the ability to make some analysis with RS technology. It aims at improving students’ comprehensive analysis ability.

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