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Surveying and Mapping Engineering

1. Program Description 

The School of Geography Science’s undergraduate program Surveying and Mapping Engineering aims to cultivate “high-level and practical engineering talents” with profound basic theories and sound specialized knowledge in geo-spatial information science, and the personal qualities of confidence, integrity, perseverance and innovativeness adapted to various types of enterprises and academies in the field of geo-spatial information. Successful graduates are expected to have an international horizon, creative spirit and professional abilities in using geo-spatial technologies to conduct different kinds of surveying & mapping engineering applications and using computer programming languages to design and develop practical software systems. 

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 173 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

100701062101

Advanced Mathematics A(I)

6

1

 

100701062102

Advanced Mathematics A(II)

6

2

 

100701062108

Linear Algebra

3

2

 

100712062101

Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics  A

5

3

 

100010072101

College Physics B(I)

3

2

 

100010072102

College Physics B(II)

2

3

 

100702072206

College Physics Experiment 1

1

3

practice course

100705102201

Physical Geography

3

1

 

100705102210

Introduction and discussion of Geographic Sciences

2

1

 

100812102201

C Language Programming

4

2

Including 1 practice credit

100812102202

General Views of Surveying & Mapping Engineering*

2

1

 

100812102203

Foundation of Geodesy*

3

4

 

100812102204

Error Theory and Surveying Adjustment Basis*

4

4

 

(2)Essential Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100812103001

Engineering Drawing

3

1

 

100812103002

Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping (I) *

3

2

 

100812103003

Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping (II) *

2

3

 

100812103004

Practice for Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping

2

3

practice course

100812103005

Spatial Data Structures

4

3

Including 1 practice credit

100812103006

Principle of Cartography *

4

3

 

100812103007

Course Design for Principle of Cartography

2

4

practice course

100812103008

Principle of Spatial database

3

4

Including 1 practice credit

100812103009

Spatial Positioning Technology and Its Application *

3

4

Including 1 practice credit

100812103010

Principles of Geographic Information System *

3

5

 

100812103011

Course Design for Principles of Geographic Information System

1

5

practice course

100812103012

Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing *

3

5

 

100812103013

Photogrammetry *

4

6

 

100812103014

Practice for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

1

6

practice course

100812103015

Engineering Surveying *

4

6

 

100812103016

Cognition Practice for Engineering Surveying

1

6

practice course

100812103017

Literature Retrieval and Paper Writing

1

7

 

100812103018

Comprehensive Practice for Surveying & Mapping

4

7

practice course

100812103019

Graduation Design (Thesis)

4

8

practice course

(3)Elective Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100812104001

Theory and Application of Laser Scanning

2

3

Including 1 practice credit

100812104002

Engineering Mathematics

2

4

 

100812104003

Object Oriented Programming-C++

4

5

Including 2 practice credit

100812104004

Computer Graphics

2

5

Including 1 practice credit

100812104005

English for Geomatics Engineering

2

5

 

100812104006

Underground Engineering Surveying

2

5

Including 1 practice credit

100812104007

Numerical Methods

2

5

 

100812104008

Management and Regulation for Surveying and Mapping

2

6

 

100812104009

Digital Image Processing

2

6

Including 1 practice credit

100812104010

Principles and Methods of Deformation Monitoring

2

6

Including 1 practice credit

100812104011

Mobile Surveying Data Collecting and Processing

2

7

Including 1 practice credit

100812104012

Principles and Applications of InSAR Technique

2

7

Including 1 practice credit

100812104013

Digital Industrial Photogrammetry

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

100812102202   General Views of Surveying & Mapping Engineering    (2 cr.)

Prerequisites:   None

The goal of this course is to let each freshman of surveying and mapping Engineering have a general understanding of the major and cultivate the students' interests in learning. To let the students understand the property of the surveying and mapping engineering, subject status, social function, service objectives and employment channels, the course system of surveying and mapping engineering and their relationship, the basic theories, methods and technologies of surveying and mapping engineering probably, the modern surveying and mapping as an important part of information industry, the trend and development direction in the future, and so on.

This course belongs to the category of professional education. The Course gives the students a comprehensive introduction of the property, function and course system of surveying and mapping engineering and a brief statement of the basic content of the contemporary study of surveying and mapping. The basic theory and the latest technology development including its status in the national economic development and national defense construction and function are also presented. The content includes the professional guidance of surveying and mapping engineering, geodesy, photogrammetry cartography, error theory and survey adjustment, engineering surveying, marine surveying and mapping science, global satellite navigation and positioning technology, science and technology of remote sensing, geographic information system, the earth space information science and digital earth, the latest progress and developing trend of surveying and mapping science and technology.

100812102203   Foundation of Geodesy   (3 cr.)

Prerequisites:   General Views of Surveying & Mapping Engineering

Foundation of Geodesy describes and discusses the shape, size and gravity field of the earth. It also researches the accurate location of the ground points. As a basic compulsory course of surveying and mapping engineering, it is not only a discipline related to the information about the earth, but also an applied discipline. Students can understand the basic theoretical knowledge of geodesy, how to establish the datum of surveying and mapping as well as survey system, and master the basic technology and method of common projections and geodetic control survey through learning this course. It raises students' ability to analyze and further solve problems and lays the foundation for the study of subsequent course and the research of the related problems.

Foundation of Geodesy is an important foundational course of surveying and mapping with theory and practice. It describes and discusses the shape and change monitoring of the Earth to present the spatial information about the Earth for Life of mankind. The theory and method of Geodesy lays the foundations for the discipling development of Surveying and Mapping, including establishment of surveying datum, theoretical knowledge of terrestrial ellipsoid,technology and method of common  projection transformation and geodetic control survey.

100812102204   Error Theory and Surveying Adjustment Basis   (4 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Advanced mathematicsProbability Theory and Mathematical StatisticsLinear algebra; Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping

This course is one of the main courses in specialty of engineering of Surveying and mapping, its purpose is to enable students to master the basic theory of observation error and its propagation rule, master the basic theories and methods of surveying adjustment, laying a solid foundation for other follow-up courses to learn.

"Error theory and surveying adjustment basis" is a professional basic course for surveying and mapping engineering undergraduate students, in order to train students to master the basic principles and methods of measurement data processing. Course contents include two parts: error theory and surveying adjustment basis. The part of error theory mainly teaches the sources, classifications, properties, distribution, numerical characteristics, propagation and applications of surveying errors. Contents of distribution, digital characteristics and propagation law of errors are the teaching emphases. The part of surveying adjustment basis mainly teaches basic principles, methods, estimation theories and precision evaluation modes of the traditional surveying adjustment. In the process of teaching, these contents are related to each other. The course enables students to master the basic knowledges of the error theory and surveying adjustment, and basic principles and methods of surveying error process. The course will lay a solid foundation for further research on the surveying data processing theory and the study of subsequent professional courses.

100812103002   100812103003 Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping (I,II)   (5 cr.)

Prerequisites:   General Views of Surveying & Mapping Engineering

The goal of this course is to enable students to master the basic theories and methods of large scale digital mapping, and have the capacities of operating conventional measuring instruments and processing surveying data. Through theory studying and practice exercising in this course, students will be familiar with the operational skill of relevant surveying equipments and have the capability of dealing with the practical problems.

100812103006   Principle of Cartography   (4 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Advanced mathematicsGeneral Views of Surveying & Mapping Engineering; Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping

The goals of this course are listed as follows:

  • Understand and implement principles of good design in cartography
  • Understand human vision and how it influences perception and cognition
  • Be familiar with using software to improve the visual quality of maps
  • Cover the scope of contemporary topographic and thematic cartography
  • Gain hands‐on experience in designing and making maps

The course of Cartography is the specialized basic course for the major of survey & mapping engineering and it is also the required course of GIS, geography education, land resources planning and management, travel resources planning and management majors. The course of cartography must not be overlooked and replaced in the curriculum system because this course has the characteristics such as multi-subjects integration, strong permeability, wide scope of application and laying equal stress on theory and techniques. The cartography course, as the backbone of the curriculum system for the major of survey & mapping engineering, will train the ability of students including map design, map representation and map making.

100812103009   Spatial Positioning Technology and Its Application   (3 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Advanced mathematicsLinear algebraGeneral Views of Surveying & Mapping Engineering; Principles and Methods of Digital Mapping; Error Theory and Surveying Adjustment Basis

Through the study of this course, students are expected to master the basic theories and methods of spatial positioning technologies represented by GNSS, and the knowledges of carrying surveying works and data processing based on spatial positioning technologies.

This course is one of the professional backbone courses for the major of surveying & mapping engineering. Course contents include the basic principles and methods of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning, and work flows and data processing methods of surveying works based on GNSS technology. Moreover, it will also introduce other spatial positioning technologies such as ground base-station positioning and indoor wireless network positioning,etc.

100812103010   Principles of Geographic Information System   (3 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Principle of Cartography

This course aims to enable the students to master the basic principles, technical methods and practical application of GIS. It also helps them understand its main application fields and development direction, and lay foundation for the development of geography application and practical GIS. The specific requirements are as follows: 

  • Learn the basic principles of GIS, including the semantics foundation for spatial data, scientific definition for GIS, spatial relationships and spatial objects expressing, structures and types of spatial data, spatial analysis principles and geoscience model methods, etc. 
  • Master the basic techniques and methods of GIS, with the skills for spatial data collection, storage, management, processing, analysis and figures creation used MapInfo or ArcInfo
  • Get the ability of carrying out geological research with GIS technology, including geological application model construction, application-oriented GIS design, and the use and evaluation of major GIS software systems

Geographical Information System (GIS) is a core course in undergraduate studies of Cartography and GIS. It is divided into theoretical lessons and practical lessons.  Through the study, the students should master the basic conceptions of GIS, the way to collect, processing and manage of spatial data, the way to do GIS spatial analysis and GIS designs. Otherwise, students should be skilled in handling GIS software in order to make ground for the later courses.

 It is made up of generality, spatial information basis, spatial data structure, spatial database, collecting and analyzing of spatial data, theories and means to do GIS spatial analysis, output of GIS production, GIS designs and standardization, new approach of GIS and “digital earth” etc.. Among those, spatial data structure, spatial database, theories and means to do GIS spatial analysis and GIS designs are the core contents. 

100812103012   Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing   (3 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Advanced mathematicsLinear algebraProbability Theory and Mathematical Statistics;Physical Geography; Principle of Cartography

Through the study of this course, students are expected to master the basic physical knowledge of remote sensing, the imaging mechanism of remote sensing, and principles and methods of remote sensing image processing, and know the domestic and international latest developments of earth observation technologies.

This course is one of the professional backbone courses for the major of survey & mapping engineering. It includes such contents as the basic contents of remote sensing, electromagnetic radiation and object spectrum, the imaging mechanism of remote sensing, remote sensing image features, the principles of remote sensing image analysis, and methods of image information extraction and classification processing.

100812103013   Photogrammetry   (4 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Advanced mathematicsLinear algebraProbability Theory and Mathematical StatisticsPrinciples and Methods of Digital Mapping

Through the study of this course, students are expected to master the basic theories and methods of photogrammetry, and acquire the geospatial data by the technology of digital photogrammetry.

This course is one of the professional backbone courses for the major of survey & mapping engineering. It includes such contents as the basic meanings of photogrammetry, the basic knowledges of aerophotography, the basic analytical principles of photogrammetry, the basic methods of digital photogrammetry, the principles and methods of digital orthophoto map rectification, some typical methods of close-range photogrammetry, and the tasks and workflow of photogrammetric outdoor works.

100812103015   Engineering Surveying   (4 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Error Theory and Surveying Adjustment Basis

The goal of this course is to train students to grasp the methods and skills to directly meet the needs of the engineering construction surveying and mapping.

This course is a main specialized course for the major of survey & mapping engineering. Its contents mainly include the basic theories, technologies and methods of engineering surveying. Detailed contents are listed as follows:

  • Surveying works in different phases of engineering project such as planning, design, construction and operation management
  • Theories and methods of engineering control network layout
  • Different kinds of construction lofting methods
  • Methods of building deformation monitoring and analysis
  • Surveying works in various kinds of typical engineering such as lines, bridges, tunnels, water conservancy engineering and industrial and civil buildings, etc.
  • Information management in engineering construction, and the application of GPS, RS, GIS in engineering surveying
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