FIG Working Week 2000, 21-26 May, Prague

Summary of Models of Surveying Curricula around the World

by Julian "Jud" Rouch 

Key words: curricula, assessment, competencies, trends.  


1. Introduction 

Commission Two, Working Group Three is University Curricula – Content, Trends, Assessment and Competencies. In the process of collecting information for the report that we plan to have ready by the end of 2001 we have had paper presentation sessions at a Commission Two symposium held at the Wuhan Technical University, China in October, 1998 and at the 1999 FIG Working Week at Sun City. There will be additional papers adding to the information pool during the FIG 2000 Working Week in Prague and at a planned Commission Two symposium to be held in Rosario City, Argentina in October 2000. I would expect that the area would be further explored in papers presented at the FIG 2001 Working Week in Korea.

2. Present Status

We are finding that surveying education curricula is dictated by the norms of practice in each country. Different discipline areas from one country to another conduct the various elements of the profession. We see that the education of surveying practitioners needs to follow that of the various disciplines involved in the total arena. These areas of surveying education are in a rapid state of change. The education models of the past and even those in current use do not necessarily fit the evolving future of our profession. So we must look at and analyze the past, present, and conceivable future education models, their problems and the various potential solutions to these problems.

3. Future Requirements 

Practitioners in the surveying and mapping fields are moving rapidly from being collectors of data to being managers of both data and business. They will continue to make intricate measurement and evaluate boundary evidence, for which they will need sound technical education, but they will also have to exhibit superior management skills. The advent of Geographical Information Systems technology and the development of new tools and methods such as global positioning require intensive study to encompass theoretical, practical, and management skills necessary to operate productively in today’s environment. We need to encompass curricula that are adaptable to the ever-changing requirements of the information age that we are now progressing into. This puts a new level of importance on our curriculum design and assessment. As new methods of teaching strategies are designed and implemented, the assessment of their effectiveness must be undertaken. We must continue to change our scheme of education as the profession that we are preparing graduates to enter evolves to fit the changing requirements of society.

Professor Julian "Jud" Rouch
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock
AR 72204

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