Philosophy and Justification for the Programme
Quantity surveying is primarily concerned with the economic allocation and utilization of construction resources, with particular emphasis on cost minimization and value optimization. Typically, a quantity surveyor is a multifaceted professional that is able to interface directly with every other stakeholders of the built environment in the disposal of his/her duty as the cost manager of construction work. As a result of this, the quantity surveyor does not only maintain a repository of cost information related to every aspect of construction work, but he/she also possesses the techno-managerial competence necessary for the economic implementation of construction projects through conceptualization, construction, usage to deconstruction.
Over the years, economic problems, information and communications technology (ICT), innovative construction processes and materials and environmental changes have necessitated improvements in the approach to quantity surveying. In addition, internationally and locally in Nigeria, the construction client has become more fastidious, wanting higher value creation at optimal costs, and desiring cost information to be made available more speedily.
In Nigeria particularly, anti-graft policies are being framed into the statute books to reduce corruption in public works procurement. This quest for probity in the procurement of infrastructural projects, coupled with the huge infrastructural deficit currently retarding economic growth in the country, necessitates the training of adequate quantity surveyors to provide cost management services in procurement arrangements at all levels. These developments make it imperative to design quantity surveying programmes with strong stakeholder-focus in the context of contemporary construction industry realities.
Aim and Objectives of the Quantity Surveying Programme
The quantity surveying programme of the University of Benin is envisioned to produce graduates with effective ICT orientation, equipped with modern quantity surveying skills to fill existing gaps in the procurement and financial management of building and infrastructural projects locally and globally. Graduates of the Department of Quantity Surveying of the University of Benin will be adept professionals with theoretical and practical skills covering construction works measurement, value management, cost control, law, accounting, construction management, contract administration, construction technology, heavy engineering, sustainable construction, etc, with strong emphasis on the financial control and management of developmental projects.
Specific goals of the Quantity Surveying Department are:
- To produce suitably qualified quantity surveying graduates with the requisite skills to capture, manipulate, analyze and present construction cost information to construction industry stakeholders at such a speed and accuracy as not to impede decision making on the financial status of a project or a related transaction.
- To have our graduates fill quantity surveying and related vacancies in the business environment of Edo State, Nigerian Niger Delta, and the country at large.
The specific objectives of the Quantity Surveying programme are to:
- ensure that students of the Department are equipped on completion of the programme to be effective in the core areas of quantity surveying including but not limited to the following:
- Construction works measurement
- Value management and engineering
- Project/Contract/facility/Construction management
- Sustainable Construction Technology
- Feasibility/viability analysis
- Highway/Industrial/Heavy engineering
- Construction Research
- Contract law
- produce graduates that will be able to handle the cost control of infrastructural developments aimed at controlling complex problems of the environment such as forestation, erosion and pollution control, and coastal protection.
- ensure that graduates of the department have the necessary competencies and skills for registration with the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN), and with equivalent professional bodies internationally such as Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE) amongst others.
- help the students cultivate the culture of leadership, excellence and innovation necessary to competitively adapt to any business environment in which they may find themselves.
- aid the students to imbibe the habit of research and investigation for further enlightenment at the individual level, which will ultimately lead to national development.
The nomenclature of the degree is Quantity Surveying (QS)
The degree in view is first degree in Quantity Surveying.
Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying; B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying)
The mode of entry into the programme is through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), by:
(i) the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME)
100 Level UTME Admission
Candidates for admission into the programme through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) shall in addition to a satisfactory performance in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, possess the following to be eligible for admission:
- At least five (5) credits (in not more than two sittings) in any of the following ;
- West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE);
- General Certificate of Education (GCE);
- National Examination Council Certificate (NECO);
- Or any equivalent of the above named certificates recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and this University;
The five (5) subjects passed at credit level should include English Language, Mathematics and Physics; and any two of the following subjects: Building Construction, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, Technical Drawing and Further Mathematics.
- UTME Subjects must include the following:
- English Language
- Physics and any one of these subjects: Chemistry, Building Construction, Biology, Economics, Geography, Technical Drawing.
Direct Entry Admission
Requirements for Direct Entry into 200 level
Candidates who fulfil the UTME admission requirements stated above, and possess any of the additional requirements below will be considered for direct entry admission into 200 level.
(a) General Certificate of Education (GCE) at advanced level or its equivalent with passes at one sitting in Mathematics and Physics and any one other subject taken from Building Construction, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, Technical Drawing and Further Mathematics.
(b) Ordinary National Diploma (OND) with a minimum of upper credit pass in quantity surveying, architecture, building technology, civil engineering or estate management from a recognised institution.
(c) Diploma in Maritime Studies, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) from University of Benin
(d) Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of lower credit pass in quantity surveying, architecture, building technology, civil engineering or estate management from a recognised institution
Requirements for Direct Entry into 300 level
Candidates who fulfil the UTME admission requirements stated in above, and possess a bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) (with a minimum of second class upper or upper credit level pass respectively) in building technology or quantity surveying will be considered for direct entry admission into 300 level.
The requirements for the award of degrees in the University of Benin are as stipulated in the Students’ Information Handbook of the University, which is distributed to all students on admission. To be awarded B.Sc Quantity Surveying, a student must have:
- Completed the minimum number of years required for graduation as shown in Table 1 below.
Table 1: Minimum and maximum years for graduation (full time)
|Level of Entry||Minimum Number of years to graduate||Maximum number of years to graduate|
- Passed all compulsory and required courses including GSTs and earned the total minimum of credit units required for graduation as follows:
- UTME candidates 198
- Direct Entry at 200 level 154
- Direct Entry at 300 level 115
- Completed one semester SIWES attachment and successfully completed a terminal dissertation.
Grading and Classification of Degrees
To pass any course, a student must earn at least 45% of the marks. The examination results grading system is as shown in Table 2 below.
Table 2: Classification of Examination Results
The classification of the overall performance of each student shall be based on Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. The CGPA will be computed based on the weighting system approved by the Senate of the University of Benin.
Classes of Degree (based on the 5-point scale) CGPA.
First Class Honours 4.50 – 5.00
Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 3.50 – 4.49
Second Class Honours (Lower Division) 2.40 – 3.49
Third Class Honours 1.50 – 2.39
Fail Below 1.50