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Course Syllabus

Course: COSB 2519

Division: Business and Applied Tech
Department: Services Technology
Title: Advanced Cosmetology/Barbering Lab

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

Catalog Description: This repeatable course covers practical experience in all areas of cosmetology/barbering services. Students perform services in a salon setting as they work to complete the 1600 clock time hours needed to fulfill licensure requirements.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 0; Lab: 9
Clock/Hour Requirements: 135
Repeatable: Yes. 6 times

Prerequisites: Upon instructor's approval.

Corequisites: N/A

Justification: Lab instruction and practice are an integral part of this program. This is a repeatable lab class to help students meet the required lab hours. The course content will help prepare students to take the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology Licensure Examination (NIC test), a requirement for licensure.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will perform the principles and practices related to cosmetology/barbering skills; i.e., general hair care, styling, haircutting, straight razor shaving, hair extensions, chemical texture services, haircoloring, skin and nail care services and other material essential to becoming a successful cosmetologist/barber. Students will be assessed on all practical work done on a skills pass-off sheet, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Practical exams are given at the conclusion of each semester.

Students will maintain a clean work environment and follow the proper procedures for safety and infection control. Students will recognize potential safety hazards and implement accepted methods to mitigate those hazards.  Students will be assessed weekly on sanitation and disinfection processes using skill pass-off sheets. All task lines will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will be reassessed until a pass is achieved.

Students will be able to evaluate and communicate client needs, determine the action needed, maintain client records, and use professional ethics relevant to the salon business. Students will be assessed as they perform a client consultation at the beginning of each service. The outcome of the service is determined by a satisfied client. Instructors check work, give feedback, and make any correction at the time of the service.

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

-maintaining a clean working environment
-hair and scalp analysis, and electrotherapy treatments
-haircutting techniques, using clippers, razor and shears
-chemical texture advanced wrapping techniques
-hair color and bleach applications
-hairstyling, including thermal, roller sets and braiding
-wig care, hair extensions and hairpiece care
-straight razor shaving, beard and mustache trimming
-facials, and removal of unwanted hair using wax and tweeze
-manicures, pedicures, and artificial nail applications
-men specific manicures, pedicures and facials
-first aid techniques for cuts, burns, and other emergencies
-communication skills, appointment booking, phone skills

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. Students have an opportunity to complete services on a variety of clients from diverse backgrounds.

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

Safety and sanitation 5 to 20%

Written assignments 5 to 20%

Practical application/client services 30 to 45%

Exams 20 to 40%

Attendance 5 to 20%

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 demonstration, class discussion, practical application, group work, 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/lab atmosphere. This may be accomplished through group assignments and practical experience with clients as they perform procedures involved in the beauty industry.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 12
Optimum Class Size: 8