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Professional Studies Major


Aimed towards enhancing students' employability upon graduation by augmenting core security knowledge and academic skills with professional employability requisites.

Students undertaking this major will study units relating to the corporate environment, including management, business analytics, governance and project management. They will then be placed with one of ECU's business and industry partners for a semester to undertake a real world project that will meet specific corporate security objectives, consequently enhancing employability opportunities post-graduation through the delivery of a real-world security project/projects.

Special entry requirements

All applicants are required to have a course WAM of 65 or greater by the completion of their first year of study (120 cp).





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assimilate a broad discipline of knowledge from many sources to various organisational protective situations to overcome insecurity in society.
  2. Construct purposeful communication in a variety of formats to achieve discipline outcomes in a professional security context.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement towards own learning and professional practice in supporting the achievement of organisational objectives.
  4. Review reliable sources and resources to investigate how different cultural attitudes and values impact the fields of counter terrorism, security and intelligence.
  5. Think creatively to identify the needs of diverse stakeholders to generate innovative solutions to protective security problems.
  6. Use digital technologies to access, evaluate and communicate complex security and intelligence information from multiple and diverse sources.
  7. Use structured thinking processes to analyse, conceptualise and solve complex problems in the achievement of organisational protective objectives.
  8. Work collaboratively to recognise the way in which beliefs and values of others influence the pursuit of societal wellbeing.

Work Experience Requirement

Students have the opportunity to seek a Work Integrated Learning placement with an industry partner.

Attendance requirements

Attendance is negotiated with the WIL industry host however the expectation is that students will be available for a full-time work placement of 5 days a week for 12 weeks.

Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

The School has a well developed set of risk assurance documents to the WIL Coordinator, student and host need to sign before any placement can commence.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SBL1400Introduction to Business Analytics15
MAN1100Management 15
CRI3205Professional Ethics, Accountability and Integrity15
MAN3612Project Management15
CSI3345Work Experience Project60

Possible future job titles

Security, intelligence, crime prevention, governance, protection, risk, research, policy.

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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