Cosmetology I

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
450 clock hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course introduces basic cosmetology concepts. Topics include preparation, care and treating of the hair, safety and sanitation, bacteriology, diseases and disorders, hygiene, product knowledge and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to safely and competently apply Cosmetology concepts and practical skills in the salon setting. Competency is achieved in basic manual facials, hair sculpting, scalp treatments and hair re-conditioning, hair lightening and hair color, shampoos, hairstyling, chemical permanent waving and chemical hair relaxing, manicuring and pedicuring.


Course Details


Paige Vanderwerf
Workforce Development Building, Room 107
Telephone: 850-718-2285


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Pivot Point International, Salon Fundamentals 101 Life Skills, 102 Science, 103 Business, 104 Client Centered Design, 105/106 Sculpture/Cut, 107 Hair Design, 108 Long Hair, 109 Wigs & Hair Additions, 110 Color, 11 Perm & Relax, 112 Skin, 113 Nails, and coordinating Study Guide, and Online Learning System LAB. ISBN: 9781948482677


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Cosmetology focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Cosmetology industry.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Explain course expectations, school and program rules and regulations.  Attendance policy and competency based education requirements; locate and appropriately use the cosmetology facilities designated for students.
  • Explain the importance of employability skills and entrepreneurship skills: Work with others to analyze a situation, establish priorities, and apply resources for solving a problem or accomplishing a task; Exhibit individual behaviors that support the official goals and objectives of the organization and its members; Exchange ideas and information in oral, written or visual form with peers, supervisors and internal and external customers; Identify problems and potential causes while developing and implementing action plans for solutions; Find and use Information:  acquire, evaluate, organize, manage, interpret, and communicate information; and Exhibit flexibility and receptivity to changing technologies, methods, processes, work environments and organizational structure and practices.
  • Assess personal characteristics and develop skills relevant to the cosmetology industry, begin to identify ethical issues pertaining to cosmetology.
  • Demonstrate characteristics/habits of a quality learning and working environment.
  • Demonstrate and explain safety procedures and precautions while completing assignments.
  • Demonstrate first aid treatment for various injuries that may occur in the cosmetology clinic or salon.
  • List and describe the requirements for a healthy mind and body.
  • Describe various verbal and nonverbal communication techniques and skills utilized in effective communication.
  • Understand the importance of human relations as it relates to the cosmetology industry.
  • Discuss the role microbiology plays in the cosmetology industry.
  • Define and demonstrate sanitation precautions and procedures required in the salon environment.
  • Define and demonstrate disinfection precautions and procedures required in the salon environment.
  • Identify the growth and structure of hair.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scalp disease, disorders and conditions; know which of these can be treated by the cosmetologist and those that must be referred to a physician.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various draping procedures used for salon services.
  • Describe and demonstrate the five basic massage manipulations used for shampooing and scalp message.
  • Identify the precautions necessary for various classifications of chemicals when working with professional products and cosmetics.
  • Explain the pH scale and its importance to the cosmetology industry.
  • Identify the essential haircutting tools.
  • Locate and explain the areas of the head.
  • Describe the fundamental cutting techniques.
  • Describe the difference between the four basic forms in haircutting (Solid, Graduated, Uniform and Increase Layered).
  • List primary hair styling considerations.
  • Identify the fundamentals of hairstyling theory.
  • Define hair styling essentials.
  • Describe infection control and safety as it refers to hair styling.
  • Explain the client consultation as it pertains to hairstyling.
  • Identify proportions used when creating a design for the human body and face.
  • Recognize and analyze key areas to create and support the client’s total image by using proper communication skills during the client consultation.
  • Identify the design elements and principles used to compose designs.

COS Outcome 1:  Demonstrate mastery of Cosmetology knowledge and skills.

COS Outcome 2:  Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Cosmetology work setting.

COS Outcome 3:  Apply critical thinking/ problem-solving and diagnostic skills proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Cosmetology work setting.

COS Outcome 4:  Exhibit interpersonal and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Cosmetology work setting.

COS Outcome 5:  Exhibit organizational and professional skills appropriate for Cosmetologists.

COS Outcome 6:  Exhibit employability and/or entrepreneurship skills as appropriate for employees in a Cosmetology work settingand/or entrepreneurship skills as appropriate for employees in an Cosmetology work setting.

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam, Skills Performance and Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check-Off



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will provide a cooperative, competency-based learning program with required classroom lecture classes, learning activity guides, videos, handouts, hands-on instruction, DVD, and computer-assisted instruction.  Scheduled program workshops, seminars, special assigned projects, and style show attendance is required for credit.


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