The history of the School of Environmental Studies dates back to 1947 when building courses were offered in Carpentry & Joinery.In 1956 Environmental courses were offered in a section under the Department of Civil Engineering and Building. Some of the courses offered were Senior Technical Courses in Architecture for three years and Ordinary Certificate (equivalent of UK Certificate) in Building Construction. In 1970/71 session, the syllabuses for all courses in the College were revised to conform in all respects with United Kingdom.Ordinary and Higher National Diplomas but they have the particular need of the country in mind.
Department of Civil Engineering and Building introduced Ordinary Diploma Courses in Town Planning in 1972/1973 session and Quantity Surveying was re-introduced in the same session in 1974/1975, the Department of Civil Engineering and Building became Department of Engineering and Environmental Studies and the following courses were offered: Civil Engineering, Building, Quantity Surveying, Town Planning, Architecture and Land Surveying.
This Department became the first department to start a three year part time courses in Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering and Building at HND level. The department also introduced a one year Part Time Preliminary course in Civil Engineering and Building as a remedial measure for graduates of Trade Centres. In 1981, when the school system of administration was introduced, the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies was reorganized and Civil Engineering and Land Surveying were transferred to School of Engineering and the other four sections were regrouped into three departments namely: Building, Quantity Surveying, Town & Regional Planning and Architecture under the School of Environmental Studies.
In 1982/1983 academic session, ND Estate Management commenced in then Department of Architecture and Estate Management. In 1987 the original three departments were further divided into five namely: Building Technology, Quantity Surveying, Town and Regional Planning, Architecture and Estate Management.The section Land Surveying was transferred from the Civil Engineering to become a department in the School of Environmental Studies in 1996. At present the school has six departments: Architecture, Building Technology, Estate Management & Valuation, Quantity Surveying, Surveying & Geo-Informatics and Urban & Regional Planning.
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS OF THE SCHOOL
The School has recently instituted a Vision and Mission statements for herself. The statements are in line with the overall vision and mission statements of the College.
Vision Statement is "To be an outstanding faculty of Environmental Studies among Institutions of higher learning".
Mission Statement is "To produce highly skilled manpower through teaching, learning and research for the benefit of mankind".
The programmes offered in the School of Environmental Studies are: National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND in the various departments. Some of the Departments offer the ND and HND programmes on part time bases. The details of this and the admission requirements are stated under the various Departmenal Sections of this brochure. Both ND and HND programmes run for two (2) academic sessions for full time and three academic sessions for part time programme.
MANAGEMENT OF THE SCHOOL
The School Management is led by the Dean who reports directly to the Rector of the College. The Deans of the School from inception 30 years ago include: Mr. S.T. Oyefeko Chief (Mrs) F.A. Odugbesan Late Dr. S.O. Adebayo Late Prince L.L. Laoye Arc. A. Adeniji/Arc. K. Ogunnaike Mrs. T.A. Ukabam Mr. U.I.Inyang-Udoh Bldr. M.O. Balogun TPL, OKE J.O The Dean is assisted by the , Sub Dean :Dr Salawu A.R., School Officer and other supporting staff. The various departments are managed by Heads of Department who are well qualified and experienced in their various professions.
The School in line with the College policy operates semester system. The academic session is divided into two semesters. Students take eight to twelve courses (modules) in a semester. Each course (module) is assessed during the semester in which it is taught. All modules use formal examinations and continuous assessments via assignments, class test and technical reports. All the assessments are used for determining progress and competency to remain in the School and also count towards the students final results/diploma. The final year assessments are moderated by external moderators which are from both the academic and the industry/profession as a way of quality control of the School operations. The School also administers evaluation forms on our graduates employers in order to get feedback and to improve on areas of weakness.
STAFF AND STUDENTS SUPPORT
All the Departments in the School are well staffed with qualified and experienced staff in all cadres Lecturers, Technologist/Instructors, Technician and administrative. The staff lists are available for all the Departments in this brochure. Our staff are friendly and approachable. Each class or level has Class Adviser who takes interest in students academic and personal welfare and they are the first point of contract if students have any concern which may affect their work especially academic. Students are advised to approach there Class Advisers and other staff in the various Departments in the School.
INDUSTRIAL LINKS AND TRAINING
Industrial relevance is a key factor in the design of our courses all of which aim to address the practical aspects of Built Environment as well as some theoretical backgrounds. Our academic staff keep in touch with the needs of the industry through research consultancy and professional institution contacts as well as through supervising students on industrial placement. The ND students undergo an Industrial Attachment programme at the end of their first session. This is expected to widen their horizon and give them a better appreciation of the construction industry. On completion of the National Diploma programme, a student is also expected to undergo a compulsory one-year industrial attachment before admission for the Higher National Diploma. This industrial training enables the students to apply what they learn on their course to the needs of the industry. This places the student studies firmly in a practical context and provides direct opportunity for homing those personal and problem solving skills that are so important for professionals.