This unit explores the structure and function of the pilosebaceous unit and determine how permanent hair removal procedures influence these structures. Students will investigate the science behind the process of electrolysis and thermolysis and apply this knowledge to develop and implement safe and effective electrology treatments.

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RBM1174 - Human Physiology

HBS1102 - Evidence for Practice 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the structure and function of the pilosebaceous unit and determine how permanent hair removal procedures impact on these structures and it's function;  
  2. Investigate and discuss the hair growth cycle, disorders and biological factors and how they impact the outcome of permanent hair removal procedures;  
  3. Apply the basic principles of electricity and electrical safety when performing electrology procedures;  
  4. Apply the principles of electrolysis and thermolysis in electrology treatments;  
  5. Plan and apply safe and effective electrology treatments;  
  6. Demonstrate the ability to reflect to enhance professional practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Treatment Log Book 20%
Presentation Individual Presentation 35%
Practicum Practical Assessment 45%
Learning outcomes 5 and 6 relate to the design and application of safe and effective treatments. Competence and proficiency in electrology requires students to have practiced the techniques used within the teaching clinic and requires the student to have attended at least 90% of the sessions to do this.

Required reading

Modern Electrology: Excess hair its causes and treatment 4th ed.
Gior, F. (2005)
USA: Hair Publishing

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