Followed a four-year curriculum
The structure of the four year curriculum is such that the first year students learn introductory subjects for learning the basics of specialist subjects (subjects common across subjects such as maths, physics, humanities, etc). Basic subjects and sub-basic subjects which become the framework for the specialist subjects are learnt in the second year and after that, development subjects and experiment / practice subjects are learnt in years 3 and 4 in order to further learn the specialist subjects.
Moreover, in the three-year course, business essence is learnt by taking two subjects in the basics of construction business as a university common subject.
In the latter part of the third year, students are placed in research offices for the staff for graduate research and gain design capability as well as problem solving ability by tackling all sorts of subjects related to the maintenance technology of social infrastructure. Characteristics of environmental and urban areas
Graduates in this subject provide a variety of products such as motorways, underground rails, river dikes, water and sewer services and traffic information systems, etc. which are the foundations of the city. There are five areas which are the essentials in constructing such a city foundation – structure, materials, hydraulics, ground and planning. These correspond to the following major subjects 1-6 below and the positioning of these is explained using bridge construction as an example.
Major specialist subject field (the subjects in each area is in order of the lectures）
- Structure（Steel frame structure design / assembly）: Structural dynamics Ⅰ, Structural dynamics Ⅱ Structural simulation, Structural design, Bridge engineering
- Materials (concrete structure implementation maintenance): Construction material studies, Concrete structure studies , Maintenance management engineering
- Hydraulics (Water and sewage system river coastal maintenance): Environmental hydraulics Ⅰ ,Environmental hydraulics Ⅱ, Watershed environmental engineering, Water hazard prevention engineering, Environmental ecology
- Ground (Large load bearing design): Ground dynamics, Ground analytics, Environmental ground engineering, Hazard prevention, Disaster prevention geology
- Planning (national / city traffic planning): Social infrastructure planning studies, Traffic environmental planning studies, City / regional planning studies
- Surveying, surveying practice, experiment, practice, design
In terms of the case of the bridge in the photo, it would be a group of subjects for learning the technology in order to conduct the design of bridge and the construction and design of the supporting pillars and cables of the steel-frame structure of the bridge and can be said to be a group of subjects that allow one to obtain the technology for conducting the planning of positional specification or road / pavement width planning along with being able to evaluate the need of a bridge based on national / city plans by conducting environmental / economical evaluation of the bridge as well as planning materials (concrete based) in respect of the technology managing the design execution maintenance management of the concrete structure of the pavement / road sections, the hydraulics based on technology of ecological conservation and hydraulics measures and grounds based on ground analysis execution technology for supporting giant structures and levees? such as the bridge.
These subjects and surveying techniques, practical and computational practice allow the exhaustive capturing of the technology to conduct planning, constructing, maintaining and operating across the whole of the social infrastructure facilities. These specialist subjects should be taken after completing the foundation subjects such as differential integration, statistics, dynamics, etc.
Study domain of curriculum provided by environmental and urban areas
The main domain of study of curriculum provided by environmental and urban areas is one called civil engineering. The fact that environmental and urban areas has a long history spanning beyond a century also indicates that it has continued to be an academic field which is essential for town planning and the construction of a comfortable and safe country. As it is an old domain of academia it is also established in field of employment.
Moreover, in environmental and urban areas subject, the curriculum has been constructed aiming to develop technicians who consider the earth's environment and the natural environment, etc. whilst bearing in mind the existing civil engineering framework.
Now, civil engineering may give the image of holding a shovel on-site but nowadays such images are beginning to disappear with modernization, mechanization and control. Moreover, the graduates of this subject are often involved with planning proposals, surveys, design or environmental measures or management such as management auditing relating to business and execution but their business types are varied with a wide range of work making use of individuals' abilities and characteristics hence women as well as men are doing well in this field with their grounding in construction specialist knowledge.