COS855 - Specialized Skin Treatments

Outline info
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Subject Title
Specialized Skin Treatments

Subject Description
Through the use of innovative technologies and products, students will learn to perform and customize advanced specialized skincare treatments to treat various skin types, conditions and aging skin.  Field trips may be arranged.

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. Practice hygiene at the highest level.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the various body systems relating to aging skins and skin conditions.

3. Select and safely operate specialized equipment used for specific skin treatments.

4. Identfy contra-indications.

5. Perform advanced treatments using various technologies and products.

6. Select the appropriate specialized skin treatment incorporating the proper technology.

7. Professionally explain the benefits of treatments.

8. Microdermabrasion demonstration.

9. Prescribe a home care regime to clients.

10. Sales techniques.

11. Professional image.

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.

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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.

COS 810, COS 820, COS 830.
(COS855/COS865 may be taken concurrently.)

Topic Outline

  • Structure and function of various systems
  • Use of technologies to enhance electrical esthetic procedures
  • Specialized skin treatments, AHA/BHA
  • Treatment of various skin conditions
  • Micro dermabrasion demonstration demonstration
  • Client care
  • Sales techniques

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, practical lab sessions,  assignments.

Prescribed Texts
Professional Beauty Therapy, The Official Guide To Level 3; Lorraine Nordmann, Cengage Learning

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to provide their own linens for this course:
1 Flat Bed Sheet
1 Fitted Bed Sheet
2 Large Towels
4 Small Towels

Kits/Lab Fees $100 (paid at time of registration)

Students are required to wear a lab coat and appropriate footwear during all classes

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:

Assignment 10%
Practical in-class tests (2 x 10%) 20%
Tests (2 x 10%) 20%
Final Written Exam 25%
Final Practical Exam 25%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers