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  Teaching Plan for “Junior College Graduates to Undergraduate Diploma” Program for the major of Resource Environment and Urban-Rural Area Planning and Management in the Institute of Distance Education of Nanjing University

 1.      Introduction

The Department of Land Resources and Tourism of Nanjing University developed from the Department of Natural Resources, which was the earliest established in China. In recent years, in order to meet the demands of national and regional strategic development, it has been cultivating comprehensive talents who are skillful at land resources management as well as information science technology and real estate management. It has one national key discipline: Physical Geography and one key discipline of Jiangsu Province: Land Utility and Planning, four doctoral programs: Physical Geography, Quaternary Geology, Land Utility and Planning and Tourism Geography and Planning, four master programs: Physical Geography, Quaternary Geology, Environmental Science and Land Resources Management, two undergraduate specialties: Resources Environment and Urban-Rural Area Planning and Management, and Tourism Management, and one base for cultivating talents of national geography. In addition, it owns not only a great number of  academic research institutes such as the Institute of Regional Environmental Change, Real Estate Firms, the Tourism Institute, the Research Center of Natural Resources, the Yangtze River Institute, the Research Office of Environmental Geography, and the Research Center of Land Resources which was set up under the cooperation with the Department of Land Resources of Jiangsu Province, but many laboratories like the Water-Soil Simulation Laboratory, the Tree Rings and Climatology Laboratory, the Pollen Laboratory and the Environmental Magnetics Laboratory.

There are powerful teaching resources in this department, which includes a group of young and energetic teachers with higher academic level and academic influence. Now there are 39 professional teachers, among whom 11 are professors, 10 are associate professors, 1 winner of National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 2 New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education. At the same time, this department has engaged some academicians and famous experts of related subjects as part-time professors.

In terms of cultivating talents, our department has always emphasized on the close connection between theory and practice, developed the teaching and learning pattern which involves classroom teaching, experiments and field practice, and cultivated a great number of specialized personnel, who are greatly embraced by the society. Now in the department there are 50 doctoral candidates, 110 postgraduates and 160 undergraduates as full-time students. Besides, we have provided training classes for postgraduate courses and distance education in the provinces of Jiangsu, Xinjiang, Jiangxi, zhejiang, Guangdong, Shangdong, Anhui, Hunan, Hebei and Fujian. Depending on the comprehensive advantages of our subjects and our high-quality teaching group, our department has undertaken or took part in “985” Urbanization Platform, “973”Subproject, and a series of scientific research projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Foundation of China, New Century Excellent Talents in University of the Ministry of Education and International Exchange and Cooperation Fund, the projects of science and technology supported by National 11th Five-Year Plan, the key projects of science and technology of the Ministry of Land Resources and so on. Finally, we have published hundreds of works and articles and won many rewards from the provincial and state governments.

In the international exchange, our department has always kept close cooperating relationship in scientific research and teaching with Oxford University of Britain and famous universities and colleges of USA, Norway, Sweden and Germany in such fields as land and regional planning, environmental change, water resources and water environment.

In the social service, our department has cooperated with the Department of Land Resources of Jiangsu Province and built the Nanjing University- the Department of Land Resources of Jiangsu Province Research Center for Land Resources, actively serving for the positive development of Jiangsu Province. Also, we have provided industries with services like talent cultivation and management training through training classes for postgraduate courses and distance education.

 

2.      Targets of Cultivation

For the principle that “Education should face modernization, face the world, and face the future”, a teaching plan for “Junior College Graduates to Undergraduate Diploma” program for the major of resources environment and urban-rural area planning and management in the Institute of Distance Education of Nanjing University is specifically made in order to cultivate the professional talents who are occupational, high-level and applied. The major focuses on training students in the basic knowledge, basic theory, and basic skills of resources environment and urban-rural area planning and management, especially land resources and real estate exploration and management. Its graduates can do relative administrative work, technical work, teaching or research in land resources, urban and rural construction, planning and management, real estate exploration and operation, universities and research institutes.

3.      Subjects and Scales of Cultivation

To closely adapt to the cause development of resources environment and urban-rural area planning and management, especially to meet the social needs of cultivating talents in land resources and real estate exploration and management, the major cultivates the compound applied talents with broad range of knowledge, highly comprehensive ability and distinguished skill in both science and technology.

First, for broad range of knowledge and expanded basic knowledge, basic courses are organized at the requirement of comprehensive university and discipline group.

Second, applied courses for practice emphasizes on developing students’ ability in applied research, exploration, design and innovation.

Third, the teaching mechanism taking production, learning and research as a whole is established. The cultivation target of this major is that our graduates should have the theoretical knowledge in resources environment and urban-rural area planning and management, professional skills at the comprehensive management of resources environment and urban planning, relative knowledge in resources environment and urban planning, various knowledge and abilities in science, arts and technology, be capable of undertaking resources environment management, urban planning and urban problem research, have both comprehensive management ability and skill-applied ability in resources environment and urban-rural area planning, and greatly meet the demands of the comprehensive management of resources environment and uniform planning of urban and rural area in the developing process of current urban-rural integration of our country. As a result, this major is characteristic of great comprehensiveness, adaptability and skill, meeting the objective needs of economical and social development.

 

4. Length of Schooling

This major adopts a credit system in the teaching management. The regular length of schooling is three years and the flexible length of schooling can be from two to five years.

 

5.       Syllabus Design

The syllabus includes basic course, courses of the major, optional courses, and graduation thesis.

There are 4 common basic courses including Theories of Deng Xiaoping, Basis of Computer, College English and College Chinese. The total credits for these courses are 20.

There are 11 courses of the major including Outline to Geography, Economics of Resources, Outline to Urban and Regional Planning, Land Resources Management, Introduction to Resource Science, Introduction to Environmental Science, Land Utility and Planning, Real Estate Evaluation and Real Estate Exploration and Management. The total credits for these courses are 44.

Optional courses consist of 2 optional courses of the major and 5 common optional courses. Optional courses of the major are Study of Land Evaluation and Economics of Real Estate. Common optional courses include Business Spoken English, Western Culture, Document Writing, An Introduction to World Economy, and Economic Law. The total credits for the optional courses are 28 and students are required to get at least 8 of them, among which at least 4 should be of optional courses of the major.

The credits for graduation thesis are 8.

 

6. Teaching Process

The teaching of this major is mainly through online education. The process of teaching includes online teaching, online learning guidance, homework, online discussion, assessment, and graduation thesis.

a.       Online teaching

The teaching of this major is mainly through online teaching and teachers who have good ideological quality, a strong sense of responsibility and rich teaching experience are chosen to give lessons. For each course, some teachers will form a teaching group to design the syllabus, choose teaching materials and produce multi-media teaching courseware.

b. Online learning guidance

According to the arrangement of teaching schedule, the teaching group answer students’ questions online, settle the problems students encounter in their study, strengthen the communication between the teachers and the students so as to improve the effect of teaching and learning. And they modify the teaching speed and content corresponding to students’ timely response.

c.       Homework

Homework is an important means to push students to learn by themselves, digest and consolidate what they learn. All courses of this major have homework. Teachers assign sufficient homework at each teaching stage and give feedback to students in time. The grades of homework account for a certain proportion of the final score.

Homework emphasizes on case analysis and deep-thinking of problems so as to cultivate students’ ability to apply the theory and knowledge of the major and solve practical problems.

d.       Online discussion

Online discussion is an important part and method of online teaching. By asking specific questions, teachers require students to discuss and communicate sufficiently within the time limit.

e. Assessment

Assessment includes homework, quizzes, online discussion and final examination.

e.       Graduation thesis

After the study of all courses, based on their practice, students choose a topic and discuss with their supervisors. Under the instruction of their supervisors, students finish their graduation thesis independently. Graduation thesis is a comprehensive reflection and evaluation of students’ studying achievements. Those who cannot pass the graduation thesis cannot be conferred degrees.

f. Conferring Degree

Students can apply for the degree if they can finish the required courses and get the grades better than “all-right” for these courses and the graduation thesis (including “all-right”) within the time limit of flex-learning system. Nanjing University will confer the degree of Bachelor of Arts to those who meet the requirement of “The Detailed Rules to Confer Bachelor Degrees to Students of Distance Education”.

 

7.Course listing

Course classification

 

Course name

Serial number

credit

Total learning hours

Teaching hours

Times of homework

Teaching hours per week

First year

Second year

Third year

 

First term

Second term

Third term

Fourth term

Fifth term

Sixth term

 

Common Foundation Courses

Theory of Deng Xiaoping

60201A

4

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basis of Computer

60202A

4

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

College English

60204B

8

 

 

 

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

College Chinese

60204A

4

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

The total credits of Common Foundation Course are 20, covering 25% of the whole.

 Courses of the major

Basic Courses of the Major

Outline to Geography

16201A

4

 60

 40

 4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outline to Management

07210A

4

60 

40 

 4

 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economics of Resources

16202A

4

 60

40 

 

 4

 

 

 

 

 

Outline to Urban and Regional Planning

16203A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outline to GIS

16204A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

 4

 

 

 

 

Land Resources Management

16205A

4

60 

40 

 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The total credits of Basic Courses of this major are 24, covering 30% of the whole.

Courses of the major

Introduction to Resource Science

16206A

4

60 

40 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Environmental Science

16207A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

Land Utility and Planning

16208A

4

60 

40 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Evaluation

16209A

4

60 

 40

 4

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

Real Estate Exploration and Management

16210A

4

 60

40 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

The total credits of Courses of this major are 20, covering 25% of the whole.

Optional Courses

Optional Courses for the major

Land Evaluation

16211A

4

60 

40 

 

 

4

  Economics of Real Estate

16212A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

4

Common Optional Courses

Spoken Business English

10205A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

4

Western Culture

60203A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

4

Document Writing

06210A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

4

Study of Economic Law

03207A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

4

Outline to World Economy

09206A

4

 60

 40

 4

 

 

4

 

The total credits of Optional Course are 28 (the least is 8 and at least 4 for professional optional courses, covering 10% of the whole.

Graduation Thesis (10% of the whole)

8

can be arranged flexibly according to the situation of students

8

 

Total

80

 

 


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