COS820 - Basic Esthetics

Outline info
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Subject Title
Basic Esthetics

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of esthetics.  Students will review all components of the beauty industry including hygiene and bacteriology, professional relationships, business operations, product distribution and networking channels.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Esthetics Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the broad range of services and products used in the field of esthetics.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic bacteriology.

3. Define and describe rules of hygiene and sterilization procedures.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the chemistry of various products including their ingredients.

5. Study the relationship between nutrition and its association with healthy skin.

6. Learn the aspects of owning / operating an Esthetic Business, including business registration, organization, procedures, client reception, clinic layout, planning and promotion, sales and professionalism.

7. Incorporate sales techniques within the spa/salon environment.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Students must obtain current Standard First Aid / Basic Rescuer CPR Certificate prior to Graduation.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject (or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you will be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty.

Topic Outline

  • The Field of Esthetics
  • Hygiene
  • Bacteriology
  • Composition of Products
  • Nutrition as it relates to the skin
  • Business/Sales Skills

Mode of Instruction
The method of instruction includes lectures/discussions, audio visual presentations, practical demonstrations and practical workshops, and assignments.

Prescribed Texts
The Foundations Beauty Therapy, The Official Guide To Level 2; Lorraine Nordmann; Cengage Learning

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 50%). If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. 
For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Grading is based on the following scheme:

Quiz 10%
Assignment #1 10%
Assingment #2 25%
MidTerm Exam 25%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%


Approved by: Lisa Somers