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5605.1 - Review of GIS Syllabuses in China and Poland: A Case Study of Two Universities

Wednesday, July 5
2:50 PM - 3:10 PM
Location: Virginia C

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been widely introduced into more and more applications in private and public scenarios. Wide availability of Internet and smart portable devices pushes GIS deeply embedded into all location-based services. In order to meet demands for well-trained graduates globally, higher education of GIS is widely provided in many countries. This is especially true for China and many other fast growing countries in the context of ever increasing percentage of service economy.
GIS has a deep root of Cartography for automatic mapping and visualization. Meanwhile it is an interdisciplinary field which needs supports from geography, computer science and many other fields. Similar with this trait of Cartography, in which map making and map using are equally treated in academic research and education, generally there are two types of GIS education in China. The first is from universities which has a strong background of geomatics. These universities normally emphasize training of surveying, photogrammetry and remote sensing and computer science with a solid mathematical training. Lab works related computer aided mapping, remote sensing data processings and GIS designs occupy more time schedule than geography training. The second type of GIS training is normally provided by those with a traditional geography department. Students are led mainly with wide topics of geography in a way of class lectures and field works. Geographic interpretation of phenomena and spatial analysis using GIS as a tool are given larger proportion of time in syllabus than that on how spatial quantitative models being implemented. Generally more Chinese universities follow the second way on undergraduate level of GIS education. Recent review of current development of GIS industry in China drives Capital Normal University to re-shape its syllabus and balance two streams of education content.
GIS education in Polish higher education on undergraduate level has a strong background of geography and much in common with the second type in China. Both had been influenced by socialism education system before 1990s. In University of Wroclaw, lectures, lab works and field works of cartography and GIS are provided together with practical projects, in which students’ capabilities of GIS applications and quantitative interpretation of spatial phenomena are developed.
The syllabuses designed by the two universities are compared in a deconstructive way in the context of future-oriented GIS education. Contents and functions of each of major courses are reviewed.
This paper serves purposes for further education collaboration of both universities. It can also be used as a reference for other universities providing GIS education for further joint efforts.

Tao Wang

Assoc Professor
Capital Normal University

Dr. Tao Wang is an associate professor with Capital Normal University (CNU), Beijing. He had been working with CASM and Singapore ETH Centre as a senior researcher before joining CNU. He holds degrees on Cartography and GIS from Wuhan University.

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Małgorzata Wieczorek

Adiunkt
University of Wrocław

Małgorzata Wieczorek is a teacher and researcher working in Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography at the University of Wrocław, Poland since 2009. She is the deputy head for Academic Education in Institute of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Wrocław. Her research interests focus on Geographic Information Systems, morphometry, map projection and data mining. She leads cartographic workshops for children both at the Children's University and during regional festival of science.

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Xiaojuan Li

Prof
Capital Normal Unversity

Prof. Xiaojuan Li is Dean and a professor with School of Resource, Environment and Tourism Capital Normal University.

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Mariusz Szymanowski

University of Wrocław

Mariusz Szymanowski works as a professor at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. He serves as Head of Institute of Geography and Regional Development. His research interests focus on spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems. He is also an expert in climate modelling, climate change and urban climate.

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David Forrest

Senior University Teacher
University of Glasgow

David Forrest PhD, FBCart.S is Senior University Teacher in Geomatics at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught cartography for 25 years. He is a Vice-President of the ICA. A member of BCS Council, he was BCS President 2000-02 and is currently chair of the UK Cartography Committee. Research interests include topographic, tourist and transport map design, application of knowledge based systems to mapping with GIS, the design of maps for public information, and the perception and use of maps.

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