Division of Human Ecology Distance & Continuing Education Programmes

Beauty Therapy – Basic

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This self improvement course is designed to impart basic knowledge in the area of aesthetics.

Course Content:

• Manicures
• Pedicures
• Make-up Application
• Basic skin care

Beauty Therapy – Advanced

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course will provide prospective students knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of nail care treatments and nail enhancements.

Course Content:

• Nail Treatments
• Nail Wraps and Tips
• Nail Enhancement – acrylics, gel application
• Creative Nail Art

Prerequisite: Applicants must have the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate in Basic Beauty Therapy

Cake & Pastry Making – Basic

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is designed for the general public who is interested in acquiring skills in Cake and Pastry making. It can also provide an avenue for self employment and Cottage Industries as well as help persons upgrade their home-making skills.

Course Content:

• Cake Making Methods: The Rubbing-in, Creaming, Whisking, Melting
• Pastry Making: Short crust, Sweet and Savoury Dishes
• Yeast Cookery

Cake & Pastry Making – Advanced

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is designed for the general public who is interested in acquiring advanced skills in Cake and Pastry making. It can also provide an avenue for self employment and Cottage Industries as well as help persons upgrade their home-making skills.

Course Content:

• Yeast Cookery
• Danish Pastry
• Pastry Making:- Rough Puff, Flaky, Choux
• Roti
• Cheese Cakes

Prerequisite: Applicants must have the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate in
Basic Cake and Pastry Making

Nursing Auxiliary

Duration: 1 Year
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This programme is designed to equip participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to administer quality care to older adults and to sensitize them of the social, spiritual, cultural and economic aspects of care.

Course Content:

• Wellness and Health Promotion
• The Elderly in Barbados
• Human Systems (Age Related Changes)
• Psychological Aspects of Aging
• Pharmacological Aspects of Care
• Communication Skills
• Daily Care
• Nutrition and the Older Adult
• Health Care
• Home Management

Child Care and Nursery Management

Duration: 1 Year
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This programme is designed to equip students with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the effective care of children. To impart knowledge of child care management and nutritional needs.

Course Content:

• Normal Human Development
• Developmental differences / children with special needs
• Developmentally appropriate activities – Learning through play
• The Child, The Family and The Community
• Child Care Services
• Managing Child Care
• Communication Skills
• Health Issues in Children
• Nutrition

Cookery – Basic

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is designed to provide participants with basic skills in cooking.

Course Content:

• Ettiquette
• Breakfast
• Value of Vegetable in the diet
• Vegetable Salads
• Cheese Cookery
• Fish Cookery
• Vegetarian Dishes
• Rice Dishes
• Pasta Dishes
• Pizza

Cookery – Advanced

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is intended to provide participants with further knowledge and skills in the preparation of meats, ethnic and international dishes.

Course Content:
• Chicken Dishes
• Meat Cookery
• Casserole Dishes
• Chinese, Italian, Indian, Mexican Dishes
• Local Dishes
• Party Fare
• Roti
• Menu Planning
• Convenience Foods

Prerequisite: Applicants must have the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate in
Basic Cookery

Drapery & Soft Furnishings 1

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of custom drapery, design and production to satisfy the needs of the interior decorator and private homeowner. Skills gained will be applicable to the manufacturer or the self employed individual.

Course Content:

• Straight stitch, zig-zag, change needles, wind bobbins, over-lock and blind hem using industrial machines
• Measure and choose correct rods
• Measure and fit for various window types
• Recognize and identify various fabrics
• Selection of appropriate fabric for varying window types
• Method and processes involved in marking out, cutting and measuring hems
• Choosing and making valance according to window style

Prerequisite: Applicants must have sewing skills

Drapery & Furnishings II

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is designed to improve and develop a higher level of skill in the field of custom soft furnishing production to satisfy the needs of the private homeowner and interior decorator. Skills gained will be applicable to the manufacturer or self employed individual.

Course Content:

• Formal Swag and Cascades
• Roman Blind
• Cloud Shade
• Loose Chair Covers
• Bolsters
• Throw Cushions
• Bedspreads
• Bed Skirts

Prerequisite: Applicants must have Drapery and Soft Furnishings Level 1 Certificate

Dressmaking – Basic

Duration: 1 Year
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This programme seeks to help the beginner acquire the necessary skills needed to sew simple pieces of clothing. In addition, it equips the beginner with the skills of drafting basic blocks using personal body measurements as well as adapting basic blocks to produce simple style lines.

Course Content:

• Drafting and testing straight skirt block
• Construction techniques for making a skirt
• Adaptation of basic skirt block
• Drafting basic bodice block
• Draft blouse block to personal/individual body measurements
• Construction of a blouse
• Vary basic blouse block – use different necklines, collars and sleeves
• Draft basic straight dress blocks
• Vary dress block – princess line
• Lingerie blocks

Dressmaking – Advanced

Duration: 1 Year
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to improve on the skills acquired in Basic Dressmaking and to use these skills to create more difficult styles.

Course Content:

• Construction of various types of necklines, collars and sleeves
• Types of Pockets – bound, welt, in-seam, and patch pockets
• Ladies Jackets
• Ladies Slacks
• Dresses – Casual and formal
• Children’s Wear

Prerequisite: Applicants must have Certificate in Basic Dressmaking

Elements of Basic Counselling

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is an introduction to counseling and will be useful to persons who are preparing themselves for work in an advisory capacity and will assist with interpersonal relationship skills. It may be taken by anyone in any sphere of activity that interacts with other persons. It will have appeal to students, civil society or persons such as teachers, guidance counselors, police officers, probation officers and prison warders.

Course Content:

• Essential skills of effective communication
• Attending:- Listening and observing
• Paraphrasing
• Reflection of feeling
• Summarizing
• The counseling relationship
• Probing
• Interpreting
• Constructive confrontation
• Counsellor self-disclosure

Hot Stones Treatment

Duration: 6 Weeks
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This course is designed to equip therapists with the theory and practice of hot and cold stone therapy, body care, ethical conduct and product knowledge.

Course Content:

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Contraindications and Indications
• Endangerment Sites
• Equipment
• Chakra Points
• Swedish Massage incorporating the stones
• Cold stones

Prerequisite: Applicants must have completed a Basic Massage Therapy course or have some knowledge of Massage Therapy

Interior Decoration – Basic

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

The term Interior decoration describes how a space is used to the comfort of a person’s needs. The interior space is the setting for whatever range of human activities that will transpire. This course is designed to help develop the basic structure in interior decorating for the fundamentals of the interior space.

Course Content:

• Elements of design
• Evaluating design
• Design concept
• Working drawing
• Planning space
• Colour
• Textiles / Materials & Elements
• Lighting
• Furniture
• Window treatments

Interior Decoration – Advanced

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

The advanced course further expands what was taught in the beginner’s course by delving deeper into a number of subject areas whilst still introducing new topics to help cement the principle being taught. In doing so, it forms a solid foundation for those persons who are interested in developing their knowledge in this subject area and it can be another stepping stone towards the exciting and rewarding career of an Interior Decorator.

Course Content:

• Design as an Expressive Medium
• Design History
• Creativity in Planning
• Human Factors
• Materials & Elements / Walls & Floor
• Colour
• Lighting
• Accessories

Prerequisite: Applicants must have a Basic Interior Decoration Certificate

Introduction to Event Planning

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This programme will enable participants to define and differentiate the various categories of events, and to recognize the key characteristics in order to fully comprehend the fragmentary nature of event management as a service activity.

Course Content:

• Introduction to Event Planning
• Organization techniques
• Learning the client’s needs
• Selecting a location
• Catering – planning a catered event; prospective catered interview
• The importance of decorations

Ladies Tailoring – Basic

Duration: 1 Year
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This beginner’s programme provides students with the opportunity to learn basic sewing construction techniques. It features both theoretical and practical components. Units of study include shopping for quality fabric, clothing care, accessorizing and fit.

Course Content:

• Introduction and use of sewing machines
• Garment construction tools and uses
• Body measurements and Metric calculations
• Constructing skirt block pattern and construction of skirt
• Constructing bodice block and adaptation
• Constructing dress block
• Types of fabric construction
• Choosing suitable fabric
• Types of hems, seams, folds
• Construction of pockets, necklines
• Zipper applications
• Pressing techniques

Ladies Tailoring – Advanced

Duration: 1 Year
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

This programme provides instructions in techniques of garment construction. It also familiarizes the student with the type of specialized equipment and machinery used in the field. A major part will be devoted to lined garments and dealing with difficult fabrics.

Course Content:

• Skirt Adaptation: – adapting skirt block, seam allowances, cutting out patterns, types
and methods of linings, type of layouts, pressing techniques, construction of skirt
• Construction of Dresses: – adapting dress block to given styles, types of fabric, collars
and sleeves, processes used in garment construction
• Drafting Trousers: – characteristics of a properly constructed block, procedures for
drafting trousers, methods of laying up and cutting out, adding seam allowances
• Drafting Jacket: – drafting jacket block, procedure for drafting, quality standards, fabric
flaws

Prerequisite: Applicants must have Ladies Tailoring – Basic Certificate

Massage Therapy

Duration: 3 Months
Certificate Issued: Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Certificate

Programme Description:

Within this course the student will be exposed to the History of Massage Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Ethical Practices of the Industry and hands-on application of massage techniques.

Course Content:

• Introduction to Massage Therapy (origins, trends etc)
• Introduction to Ethics (client/customer relationship, role of the therapist, standards and     practices)
• Equipment
• Personal Hygiene and Safety
• Steps in conducting a massage
• The Body: Bones, Muscles – location and purpose
• Massage Techniques: Effleurage, Petrissage – their characteristics, purposes,        benefits and uses etc.
• Contraindications and Indications
• Body Mechanics

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