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Course Syllabus

Course: COSB 2300

Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Services Technology
Title: Disciplines and Principles of Cosmetology/Barbering

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

Catalog Description: This theory course covers in-depth the disciplines and principles of the following subjects; Barbering history and opportunities, straight razor shaving and haircutting techniques, basics of electricity, electrotherapy, and light therapy, principles of make-up, hair design, braiding, hair extensions, and the care of wigs, all aspects of haircoloring, skin and nail diseases and disorders, safety, and infection control.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 45

Prerequisites: COSB 1000, COSB 1005, COSB 1100, COSB 1015, COSB 1200, COSB 1205, COSB 1215; and COSB 2305, COSB 2315 (both of which can be taken concurrently).

Justification: This theory course will provide a deeper understanding of the sciences, practical application, and cosmetology/barbering techniques. The course is a component of the 2300 series and should be taken with COSB 2305 and COSB 2315 lab courses.

The course content will prepare the student to take the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Licensure Examination (NIC test). This is a requirement for licensure through the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing of Utah.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will have an understanding of the history and origin of Barbering. They will understand the terminology used to describe barbering implements and tools and will understand the proper way to handle and care for those implements. Students will be assessed through assignments, class participation, discussions, and/or exams.

Students will be able to explain the principles of electrical equipment safety, define electric modalities, describe the types of light therapy, and the benefits of each. Students will be assessed through assignments, class participation, discussions, and/or exams.

Students will have an understanding of facial shapes and be able to explain how to enhance or camouflage certain features using haircuts, color and/or styles. They will be able to identify reference points on the head and understand their role in haircutting including angles, elevation, and guidelines. Students will be assessed through assignments, class participation, discussions, and/or exams.

Students will identify different types of diseases and disorders of the skin and nails. They will be able to determine the conditions they may work on and those that should be referred to a doctor. They will understand the consequences of poor sanitation and infection control. They will know the proper procedures to maintain the health and safety of the client as well as themselves. Students will be assessed through assignments, class participation, discussions, and/or exams.

Course objectives will be accomplished by providing students with learning experiences in the following subject areas:

-history and opportunities of barbering
-career paths for the cosmetologist/barber
-straight razor shaving
-proper use of hones and strops
-clipper haircutting
-understanding of electricity and light therapy
-principles of make-up
-hair design, braiding, hair extensions and the care of wigs
-hair coloring
-skin and nail diseases and disorders
-principles of infection prevention and disinfection regulations and universal precautions

We strive to introduce all students to the procedures performed in the beauty industry, allowing 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 30 to 50%

Hands-on assignments/participation 20 to 40%

Quizzes and exams 30 to 50%

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

Milady's Standard Textbook of Professional Barber Styling Revised, current edition, Milady Publishing Company, Albany, New York.

Supplemental materials may be required.

Pedagogy Statement:
Teaching methods may include lecture, class discussion, group work, hands-on activities, 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: 20
Optimum Class Size: 15