ETB215 - Product Knowledge

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Subject Title
Product Knowledge

Subject Description
This subject is designed to provide the student with a broad knowledge of cosmetic product functions and formulations. Areas of study will include: cosmetic chemistry, cosmetic product terminology, physical and chemical classification of cosmetics, and cosmetic ingredients. Through this subject, the student will develop a detailed knowledge of product preparations used and sold within the esthetics field.  Students will also study the features and benefits of individual ingredients, as well as products for the purpose of enhancing their selling abilities.

Credit Status
1 Credit

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

1. Describe basic cosmetic chemistry and terminology;
2. Identify major raw materials and ingredients used in formulations of skin care products;
3. Identify active ingredients commonly found in skin care products and describe their effects on various skin types and conditions;
4. Differentiate among the composition of preparations used in a salon/spa i.e: face, body, sun care;
5. Identify features and benefits as they relate to skin care ingredients and products;
6. Demonstrate the ability to accurately follow directions, both verbal and written;
7. Demonstrate the ability to work within assigned time frames to meet deadlines.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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