Cosmetology I

Course Code: COS0080V

Credit Hours: 450 clock hours

Effective beginning: 2021-22


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 “WD”, Room 107, Telephone 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:

This course is 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.

The course examinations consist of written knowledge examinations and performance evaluations.  A written knowledge examination is given upon completion of each Learning Activity Guide (Unit of Instruction).  A 70% or higher is required.  All major exams and review exams will be given only one time.

A performance evaluation of satisfactory or unsatisfactory is given for each Learning Activity Guide (Unit of Instruction) where performance is required.  If you receive an unsatisfactory the first time, you may practice and try again.

If you notice a mechanical or electrical hazard in the lab/classroom, notify the instructor immediately.  Know where all emergency “EXIT” doors and fire extinguishers are located.  If an accident of any type occurs, regardless of how trivial it may seem, notify the instructor immediately.

Regular attendance, professional dress of black lab scrubs and black non-skid shoes with black socks is required of all students. Class is scheduled Monday – Thursday from     7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Each student is accountable to the instructor for all class absences. 

There are three acceptable excuses for absences:

(1) severe illness, doctor excused absences require written and signed excuse from doctor, (2) death in the immediate family, and (3) official college activity (approved by Student Services).  Any questionable excuse shall be verified by the Office of Workforce Development.  Hours will not be credited for excused absences.  Students who flagrantly violate attendance regulations are subject to suspension, or dismissal from a program.  During a designated 450 clock hour semester a student absent 20 hours or a designated 180 clock hour semester a student absent 10 hours will be reviewed by the instructor and Dean for dismissal and will automatically fail the course (This is a program presented in sequence and the student may experience a lapse in the time before an opportunity to repeat the course).

Attendance in VPI courses is required and will be reviewed by the instructor and Dean and may result in dismissal from the course and program.  (This is a program presented in sequence and the student may experience a lapse in the time before an opportunity to repeat the course).

Tardiness to class is disruptive to learning and is unacceptable.  If the student is tardy, the student shall see his/her instructor at the END of the class day and the instructor will determine if the tardiness is excusable.  Students are required to clock in daily.  Instructors will not manually record time.  Only hours received by scanning fingerprints will be credited toward course completion.

Instructor will direct and manage progress.

Projects and assignments will be assigned by instructor.

Students are expected to understand and follow all school rules and policies. Students are responsible for class, lab, shop, kit and equipment care. Students are responsible for maintaining proper industry work habits and conduct.  Chipola College is not responsible for stolen items. Students will be expected to replace any missing items issued to them. Lack of kit or equipment will result in non-participation in class/salon activities and non-credit for scheduled hours/services.

You are welcome and encouraged to come to my office to talk over any problem you may have in this course.







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