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Human Geography and Planning

1. Program Description

The undergraduate program Human Geography and Planning in School of Geographical Sciences aims to cultivate “professional leaders” by preparing students to be competent, productive and innovative planners, teachers, researchers and administrators. Successful graduates are expected to have an international vision and creative spirit, the ability to master certain practical planning and GIS skills, and contain the personal qualities of confidence, integrity and perseverance, applicable to some types of educational institutions, planning enterprises, administrative institutions and non-profit organizations. 

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 163 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

Credit

Semester

Remark

100701062105

Advanced Mathematics C(I)

4

1

 

100701062106

Advanced Mathematics C(II)

4

2

 

100010191003

C Language Program 

4

2

including 1 practice credit

100701062108

Linear Algebra

3

2

 

100712062102

Probability theory and mathematical statistics  A

5

3

 

100705102210

Introduction and Discussion of Geographic Sciences

2

1

 

100705102201

Physical Geography

3

1

including 1 practice credit

100705102205

Human Geography

3

1

 

100705102204

Fundamentals of City Planning

3

1

 

100705102206

Geographic Information Systems

3

4

 

(2)Essential Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100705103019

Urban geography

3

3

 

100705103020

Economic Geography

3

4

 

100705103017

Urban Geomorphology

2

2

 

100705103018

Cartography

3

2

Including 1 practice credit

100705103022

Urban Master Planning

3

3

Including 1 practice credit

100705103021

Detailed Planning

3

4

Including 1 practice credit

100705103028

Urban Engineering System Planning

2

5

Including 0.5 practice credit

100705103023

Traffic Planning

2

5

Including 0.5 practice credit

100705103016

General Land-use Planning

3

2

Including 1 practice credit

100705103026

Land Use Management

2

7

 

100705103024

Rural Development and Planning

2

4

Including 0.5 practice credit

100705103025

Regional Analysis and Planning

3

4

Including 0.5 practice credit

100705103027

Landscape Planning and Design

2

5

Including 1 practice credit

100705103030

Mathematical Modelling and Spatial Analysis

3

6

Including 1 practice credit

100705103031

Digital Image Processing in Remote Sensing

3

3

Including 1 practice credit

100705103032

Computer-Aided Design (AutoCAD)

2

2

Including 1 practice credit

100705103029

Human Geography Field Work

2

5

practice course

100705103052

Physical Geography Field Work

1

3

practice course

100705103033

Urban and Rural Planning Field Work

2

7

practice course

100705103051

Graduation Thesis

4

8

practice course

(3)Elective Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100705104022

Professional English for Geography

2

4

 

100705104032

Academic Norms and Writing

2

6

 

100705104030

China Geography

2

6

 

100705104038

World Regional Geography

2

7

 

100705104034

Social Geography

2

6

 

100705104033

Cultural Geography

2

6

 

100705104054

Geography of Transport Systems

2

7

 

100705104014

Landscape Ecology

3

5

Including 0.5 practice credit

100705104035

Sustainable Development

2

6

 

100705104026

Regional Economics

2

5

 

100705104023

Landscape Painting

2

2

Including 1 practice credit

100705104021

City Construction History

2

4

 

100705104020

Architecture Mapping

2

3

Including 1 practice credit

100705104025

Residential Planning

2

5

Including 1 practice credit

100705104037

MIS for Urban Planning

2

7

Including 1 practice credit

100705104029

Real Estate Development and Management

2

5

 

100705104031

Planning Management and Laws

2

6

 

100705104028

Land Survey and Evaluation

2

5

Including 1 practice credit

100705104024

Land Economic Evaluation

2

5

Including 1 practice credit

100705104036

Research Methods in Human Geography

2

7

 

(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

100705102201   Physical Geography   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   None

The basic task of this course is to make students master the basic theory and research method of physical geography, understand the historical development of domestic and international geography and academic frontiers, know the main research content of all branches of physical geography, understand the impact of physical activities on the geographical environment evolution.

The course will Introduce research object and task of physical geography, universe environment, movement, shape and structure of the earth on the earth of the earth, evolution of the earth's crust and sport, geological structure and the earth's crust, climate and climate resource, hydrology and water resource, ground form and ground form calamity and preventing and curing; Property and characteristic in each right key element of top layer of the earth such as plant and plant resource, animal and animal resource, soil and soil resource, connection and interaction between every key element, basic law and application of natural geographical environment, contents such as the relation between mankind and natural geographical environment, etc.

100705102204  Fundamentals of City Planning  (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

This course will mainly introduce the development process and general principles of urban planning. Through lectures, discussions, case analysis, the course will enable students to master the basic knowledge and principles of urban planning.

Urban planning is an applied and basic subject, and has theoretical and practical characteristics. The students can master methods of work and thoughts by studying related knowledge and theory. Urban planning mainly includes six aspects in content: (1) The emergence and development of urban planning discipline; (2) urban planning and programming; (3) city development strategy; (4) overall layout of the city; (5) city traffic and road system; (6) the law of urban planning.

100705102205      Human Geography     (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

The basic task is to make students master the basic theories and research methods of human geography, understand the historical development of domestic and international cultural geography and academic frontiers, be acknowledgeable to the main research contents of all branches of human geography, understand the impact of human activities on the geographical environment evolution, and cultivate correct understanding of contemporary major issues concerning person relations (including population, resource, environment and development, so on), and comprehensive ability of analysis to realistic problems such as resources and environment and the sustainable development.

It is a professional basic compulsory course. The focus of the course is the human socio-economic activities on the earth, highlighting the core of human-land relationship, cultural theory characteristics, and the methodological framework of human geography. It explores people’s regional differences in certain natural and cultural environment, human political and economic, travel, religion, culture, and the relationship between human activity and geographical environments. The main sub-disciplines of human geography include population geography, economic geography, settlement geography, cultural geography, political geography, behavioral geography, tourism geography. The course will deeply improve students' understanding in socio-economic activities and human activities in the cultural, and has the ability of human cultural phenomena and their relationship with the correct analysis of the geographical environment, people and land to establish a scientific concept.

100705102206  Geographic Information Systems  (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

The aim of this course (GIS) is to help student to master the principles and methods of GIS, to know about the GIS application and development, to be able to do spatial analysis and to generate thematic maps by use of GIS software. On the basis of the above to cultivate the problem-solved ability based on GIS methods.

The contents of GIS course include: basic conceptions of GIS, the spatial basis of GIS, spatial data structure, spatial database, collecting and processing of spatial data, methods of spatial analysis, GIS visualization and output of GIS production. Among those spatial data structure, spatial database and methods of spatial analysis are the core contents. Course forms contain theoretical lectures and hands-on experiments. The final Grade comes from the comprehensive performance of close-book exam, experiment assignments and attendance.

100705103019      Urban Geography      (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Introduction and Discussion of Geographic Sciences

This course provides an introduction to the sub-discipline of urban geography. It explores the distinctive contribution that geographers have made to the analysis of cities and city life. The course outlines the economic and social origins of urban life, mainly introduces the basic knowledge and general principles of urban geography. Drawing on a range of illustrative world case studies the course systematically outlines how contemporary cities can be interpreted. Through lectures, case analysis, and discussion, the students will master the basic principles of urban geography. 

In this course, students will study the basic theories and laws of urban geography. These theories can be applied to urban planning, land renovation, and regional planning. The course will also discuss a lot of practical problems, including living, economic development, and so on. The concrete content includes: (1) The formation and development of the city; (2) urbanization and city development law; (3) city Distribution and spatial structure; (4) urban land utilization; (5) urban social space and problems.

100705103020  Economic Geography   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Human Geography

The aim of this course is to make students understand the development, research dynamic and research methods of economic geography.  Through this course, students will fully understand the following: the main factors influencing the location of economic activities, location theories, regional structure theory, regional development theories and regional spatial organization theory.  We hope that students will be able to independently deal with the important economic phenomenon and hot issues after the course.

Economic geography is a sub-discipline of human geography, it is also a cross discipline between the natural sciences, economics and technology. It studies the location and spatial organization of economic activities, as well as their relationship to the geographical environment. This course consists of the research objects and the disciplinary system of economic geography; main location factors and the location choices of industrial activities; agricultural location theory, industrial location theory, central place theory, behavioral location theory and other major location theory; growth pole theory, spatial neighborhood effects and regional economic development and coordination theory; the process of globalization of economic activities and the its influencing factors. This course focuses on practice, application and ability training based on classroom lectures and highlight linking theory with practice. Multimedia and video player are the main ways for classroom lectures. A large number of case teaching will help students master the basic theory and methods of economic geography. 

100705103017      Urban Geomorphology      (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Physical Geography

This course enables students to fully understand the fundamental knowledge of geomorphology, obtain the basic research methods of geomorphology.  Students will have a clear understanding of effect of human activities on natural resource, and apply the thought and methods of geomorphology in their future work on urban planning. (1)Grasp various land surface processes and their impact factors; (2) Grasp various geomorphology types by various geomorphology processes; (3) Study the basic geomorphology methods (indoor and field); (4) Understand the human impact on land surface processes; and (5) Develop the thought of adjusting measures to local conditions and man-land harmonious development.

Geomorphology is the science to study the landforms and the earth surface processes which create them. Urban Geomorphology is one of the application aspects of geomorphology. The focus of this course includes the mechanism of the various earth surface processes, including weathering, mass movement, fluvial, glacier and periglacier, eolian, karst processes and tectonic activities. It will also explore how the human activities such as urbanization, land use and land cover change, water usage influence the earth surface processes, and their consequences. Multimedia including video will be applied in class. Discussion on case study based on after-class reading will be used to improve the ability of problem analysis and solve. Weekend field trip is necessary to obtain first-handed material and learn the basic research method of geomorphology. Grade is based on students’ attendance, assignments, class performance, field work report and final exam.

100705103018     Cartography      (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

This course will help students to understand the basic theory, knowledge and methods of cartography; to master the reading, using and making skills of map; and to encourage the student to use the map to analyze and solve some practical geographic-related problems. This course is a requirement for comprehensive understanding of cartography theories and methods. Student will learn theoretical knowledge and improve the ability of using maps to analyze and solve geoscience problems, throughout practice, experimentation, strengthening and making map reading skills training.

Through the study, the students should be able to master the basic conceptions of cartography, the way to collect, processing and generalization of spatial data, the way to do map symbolization and map designs. Otherwise, students should be skilled in handling mapping software in order to make ground for the later courses.

It is made up of generality, map projection basis, map digitizing, map generalization, cartographic design, color theory and models, symbolization, map reproduction, new approach of web mapping and “digital map” and so on. Among those, map projection, generalization and symbolization are the core contents.

100705103022      Urban Master Planning      (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of City Planning

Upon completing this course, students will be able comprehensively understand : 1) The basic principle, principles and methods of planning and design of urban master planning, planning and design of the space layout, land, ecology, economy and landscape and other related issues. 2) the work content of city planning and programming, practical research for the overall layout of the city. 

The course focuses on the state of development and construction of urban policy, economic and technical policies, national economic and social development of long-term planning, on the basis of regional planning and rational organization of regional urban system; the urban construction conditions and characteristics of the present situation and reasonable development of urban economic and social development goals determined urban development nature, scale and construction standards, urban arrangements with the partition function and the construction of the overall layout arranged urban road and transportation system, the selected planning quota, planning implementation steps and measures; urban job, housing, transportation and leisure of four function coordinated development activities.

100705103021      Detailed Planning      (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of City Planning

Through this course, we want students to understand the process and specific requirements of work products of detailed planning by learning basic theory. Besides, with reference to international and domestic urban planning cases, new planning concepts and methods will be shown to the students, which will be considered in practice of the course. An interactive classroom environment will encourage the cultivation of students' critical thinking skills, thus improving their ability to analyze and solve problems and maintain due professional care and suspicion.

This course is crucial for future success in the planning profession. The course mainly consists of theoretical studies, analysis of urban planning cases, and practice of planning and design of regulatory detailed planning and constructive detailed planning.  

100705103028  Urban Engineering System Planning  (2.5 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

The aim of this course is to make students understand the main content of urban engineering system planning, and master the principles and methods of urban system planning and design. 

Urban Engineering System Planning mainly introduces urban transport planning, water supply and drainage planning, energy supply planning, environmental planning, landscape planning, post and telecommunication planning,city disaster prevention planning, etc.  In addition, the course will discuss the specific compiling techniques, the processes and methods of those planning and the establishing the standard of those planning. 

100705103023      Traffic Planning      (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

This course teaches students about transportation.  Students will learn about modern urban road traffic system planning, planning and design methods, as well as urban transportation planning methods. 

This course introduces the relationship of the urban road system and the urban construction land layout. With the characteristics of city transportation development in China, the course major contents include the urban road system planning theory and method, and the traffic design method etc. In addition, we introduce the traffic design criteria in the Chinese cities. 

100705103016      General Land-use Planning       (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Cartography, Physical Geography

The basic aim of the course is to make students grasp the theory and method of land planning both at home and abroad, detailed understanding the general land use planning basis and methods, combining with the practice of land use planning in our country, trains the student to have a certain level of land planning theory and hands-on ability, can be engaged in general land use planning and land management practices.

From learning the basic theories and methods of land use planning, take the rational allocation of land resources, land use reasonable organizational as core, master land use analysis and evaluation, analysis of potential land use, land supply and demand forecasting, optimization of land use and structure of supply and demand balance, land use planning, zoning and key project layout, planning and implementation of land management, land use planning tasks special planning. Through this course, students can make full understanding of the theories, principles and methods of land use planning; the overall planning of the business, and use scientific methods in program evaluation, implementation and management optimization and planning solutions.

100705103026    Land Use Management      (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:  None

To make the students of this major look into the land use management mode and method in our country, and the problem in land use as well as the solving strategies of the land use problem. Purposefully guide the students to explore the concept of scientific and reasonable use of land from the perspective of research, and engaged in research concerning the land use for the future lay the foundation. 

The course mainly introduces basic knowledge, relevant business, and development direction of land resource utilization management specialty, including basic principles in land utilization management, land utilization planning management, land requisition management, national construction sites assigning management, land market operation and management, urban land management, rural construction sites management, agricultural land exploring and management, special use area utilization and management, Land Exploitation, Consolidation and rehabilitation management, land utilization dynamic monitoring and management, leads students to regard every link in land utilization form the aspect of researching, and promote their quality of comprehensive analysis and solving problems.

100705103024   Rural Development and Planning  (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of City PlanningGeneral Land-use PlanningCartography

The aim of this course is to enable students understand the basic theory of village and town planning and related knowledge, master the town planning and rural construction planning, general technical requirements, specifications and methods and be familiar with the basic program of rural planning and construction management.

This course introduces the basis, contents and methods of village and town planning, The course focuses on Understanding the establishment system of village and town planning, including planning principles, tasks and contents, the collection and analysis of data of town planning, village and town general planning, road engineering planning, public and industrial planning, residential district planning, green environmental protection and tourism resource planning, village ring regulation, ancient architecture protection and tourism development planning, as well as in the planning of villages and towns economic and technical management work etc.

100705103025   Regional Analysis and Planning  (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Human Geography, Physical Geography

The aim of the course is to make students understand and master the basic theories and methods of regional analysis and planning. Combined with the regional development condition analysis, the students can preparation for regional planning from studying on regional development strategy, land use planning, industrial planning, urban system planning and infrastructure planning.

The course can be divided into two parts: regional analysis and regional planning. Regional analysis is mainly on the analysis of regional natural conditions and social economic background characteristics and its effect on regional social and economic development. It discusses the rules of the mutual interactions between the natural and man-made factors. The theoretical basis and research methods by learning to enable students to master the research on regional problems and regional planning. Regional planning is a general arrangement in a certain region of economy, urban system, transportation, public infrastructures, environmental protection and land use planning. Through the analysis of typical cases in the world, the students will understand the main tasks and contents of regional planning.

100705103027   Landscape Planning and Design  (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Human Geography, Urban Master Planning

The task of this course is mainly to introduce the basic theory of modern landscape architecture, understanding of the nature and the humanities landscape, landscape aesthetic principle, domestic and international landscape planning and design case to discuss different types of site landscape planning and design, on the urban landscape, rural landscape, natural landscape, monuments and sites, as well as regional cultural landscape ecological and so on, planning and design principles.

Part 1. Landscape definition. Researches on natural and humanistic landscape abroad, landscape tradition of China.

Part 2. (1) Region and urban landscape. Formation of the regional urban system,the current studies of this area demotic and abroad,the basic planning principles and some cases studies in China. (2) National parks. China's historical tradition of landscape areas, the National Park system;the basic principles and existing problems of scenic spots planning,some cases be studied in China in modern times. (3) Regional and urban river landscape. River landscape ecology and aesthetics,its impacts on the city landscape,some cases will be studied. (4) Historical sites and monument. Understanding of the value of historical remains and sites, aesthetic evaluation,the international basic principles of preservation planning. The basic rules of site planning,case studies of planning demotic and abroad.

Part 3. (1) Urban green space system. The significance of green space ecosystem and its important impacts to the city,the types of green space system,the basic planning principles of green space system,case studies demotic and abroad. (2) Green vegetation landscape. Analysis of the basic elements of green plants,planning principles of each type of plant, wood and forests. 

Part 4. Ancient gardens and traditional culture. The history of ancient gardens and aesthetic tradition in the Western and China.

100705103030  Mathematical Modelling and Spatial Analysis (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Physical Geography,Human Geography, Probability and Mathematical Statistics,Advanced mathematics, Linear Algebra

This course enables students to understand the background, development and latest trends of quantitative methods in geography; commonly used quantitative geography analysis models and methods, including correlation analysis, regression analysis, principal component analysis, spatial statistical analysis, etc., and how to operate and apply the geographic analysis software; This course will help students to use quantitative geographic methods to analyze and solve problems.

Mathematical modeling and spatial analysis are the basic tools for geographic system analysis and modeling, and spatial statistics and operational research is a fundamental part of quantitative geography, and it is necessary to the in-depth study of physical geography, human geography and geographic information system course. This course mainly introduces the background, development and latest trends of quantitative methods in geography; teach students commonly used quantitative geography analysis models and methods include correlation analysis, regression analysis, principal component analysis, spatial statistical analysis, etc. and how to operate and apply the geographic analysis software; This course will help students to use quantitative geography methods to analyze and solve problems.

100705103031  Digital Image Processing in Remote Sensing  (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Physical GeographyProbability and Mathematical StatisticsAdvanced Mathematics

This course expounds the basic principle and method, trains the basic skills and improve the ability of operation and analysis of digital image processing in remote sensing. After completing the course students should understand the main content and basic principle of image processing, grasp the advantages and disadvantages, work process and application conditions of the typical image processing methods, and use typical remote sensing image processing software skillfully for image processing work.

This course emphasizes the basic techniques 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 format, statistical characteristics in image, image display and stretching, image atmospheric correction, image re-sampling and geometric correction, typical methods of image transformation and image filtering, image segmentation, image classification. Courses goes deep the understanding and use of methods on remote sensing image processing through lectures, experiment and exercises, trains the basic skills of image processing, providing a technical and methodological support for remote sensing image analysis and application.

100705103032  Computer-Aided Design (AutoCAD)  (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Cartography

Based on cartography and practical education on computer, to grasp the methods to draw two dimension maps of town and country planning in AutoCAD system. After the course the students will be knowledgeable about the procedure, the main commands, the requirements, and can also use AutoCAD to draw other related maps. All the course will be finished in computer room.

Beginning with the general procedures of computer-aided design, this course will introduce you the main commands needed for drawing a town and country planning map. After the course, you will be familiar with the popular designing software AutoCAD,  grasp the basic methods and matters needing attention, and can draw suitable maps for town and country planning on your own in AutoCAD software. The focus of the course is the cultivation of practical ability to draw maps, and all the pedagogical work will be done on computer.

100705103029  Human Geography Field Work  (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Physical Geography, Human Geography, Principles of Urban Planning, GIS, Cartography, General Land-use Planning, Detailed Planning

This is a comprehensive practical course of human geography, with the aim to cultivate the ability to apply the learned theories and knowledge to practice, and is a kind of test of students’ understanding of the human geography courses.

The course will enables the students to know well the basic methods of field work and survey, effectively apply related theories and knowledge to practical problems, training student’s independent ability of analysis and solving related problems.  This course will make close connections between the theoretical knowledge from the courses and practical knowledge, contribute to further understanding, consolidation and deepening of the theoretical knowledge, and enhance the practical ability and academic learning interest. 

100705103052  Physical Geography Field Work   (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Physical Geography

Base on the integration of theory and practice, and the consolidation of basic knowledge, theory and method, the course is to learning the fieldwork techniques of physical geography and foster fieldwork ability. The students will be required to get to know the physical and human environment, plenty of fieldwork perceptual knowledge in order to deepen and expand the understanding of the related contents of the courses, and to cultivate the spirit of being cable of hard work, working diligently in spite of difficulties, and uniting together with friendship.

100705103033  Urban and Rural Planning Field Work (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Human Geography, Economic Geography, Physical Geography, Principles of Urban Planning, GIS, Cartography, General Land-use Planning, Detailed Planning

Based on the basic principles of urban master planning and human geography this course invites the students to investigate, analyze and research the concrete country and city. The focus of the course is to go the site and explore and analyze the land-use type and spatial arrangements of all sorts to cultivate practical ability and to testify the students’ professional knowledge.

100705103051  Graduation Thesis  (4.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: all compulsory courses

Based on course learning and field work, students are required to write a long, well-structured, well-written, and clear and coherent thesis on a given topic and self-selected topic. The thesis should be consistent to the academic norms.

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