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Course Syllabus

Course: COSB 1000

Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Services Technology
Title: Basic Cosmetology Theory

Semester Approved: Spring 2021
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2025
End Semester: Fall 2026

Catalog Description: This theory course presents basic cosmetology practices, demonstrations of technical procedures, practical application of cosmetology skills, and identifies the responsibilities of the cosmetologist. Critical thinking skills will also be developed. Students will demonstrate competency through assignments and written tests.

This course is part of a required series to prepare students to take the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Licensure Examination (NIC test). Students must be accepted into the Cosmetology/Barbering program to take this course.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 4; Lecture: 4; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 60

Corequisites: COSB 1005, COSB 1015, COSB 1100

Justification: This is a prerequisite course required by the State Cosmetology Board to prepare students for further in-depth study in cosmetology/barbering theory and practices. It is also required before students are qualified to work in a laboratory setting or with clients.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will list safety precautions to follow during all client services, explain hazardous material safety procedures and will identify the principles of prevention. Students will be assessed through assignments, discussion, and/or quizzes.

Students will understand the basic theory of hair structure, nail and skin care, haircutting, hairstyling, and the chemistry of hair color and chemical texture services. Students will be assessed by the instructor through assignments and/or exams.

Students will be able to use the appropriate tools and methods to perform services related to the cosmetology/barbering profession.  Students will be assessed through assignments, team projects, and/or exams.

Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with learning experiences in the following subject areas:
-sanitation, disinfection and safety precautions
-client consultations
-properties of hair, nails, and skin
-law of color and basic chemistry
-technical skills for chemical services, haircutting, and styling
-nail enhancements and facial techniques

We strive to introduce all students to the procedures performed in the beauty industry and allow them to express their differences and cultures through creative projects and group activities. The course is designed to empower and foster talent in all students, including groups traditionally underrepresented in this career, and to move beyond stereotypes.

Key Performance Indicators:
Student learning outcomes will be assessed by a combination of the following:

Assignments 5 to 20%

Hands-on application/participation 30 to 50%

Quizzes and exams 30 to 50%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Milady's Standard Textbook of Cosmetology Revised, current edition, Milady Publishing Company, Albany, NY

Supplemental materials may be required

Pedagogy Statement:
Teaching methods may include class discussion, practical application, group work, demonstration, and the incorporation of low-stakes assignments.

In this course, instructors will strive to connect with students on a personal level by spending multiple hours daily with this group of students. Students will also be encouraged to make connections in order to foster an inclusive classroom atmosphere. This may be accomplished through group assignments. Students will rotate until everyone has had the opportunity to work together.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 8
Optimum Class Size: 6