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Dr Michael Coole

Dr Michael Coole


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  63045123 , Email:, Campus: JO, Room: JO2.332,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  63045123  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.332  


Michael is a Lecturer in the School of Computer and Security Science and a member of the ECU Security Research Institute.

Current Teaching

  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Access Control Systems
  • Closed Circuit Television Systems
  • Facility Management
  • Physical Security
  • Industrial Security Procedures
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Management of the Security Function


  • Served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Clearance Diver
  • Served with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment for Counter-terrorist duties
  • Worked within the correctional security environment in physical, personnel security and emergency management operations
  • Consultant focusing on security related aspects of works projects and Physical Protection Systems assessments (PPS)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Security Decay
  • Security Metrics
  • Mapping the organisational structure of the security profession


  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Curtin University of Technology, 2015.
  • MSc (Master of Science), Edith Cowan University, 2011.
  • Dip (Diploma), UNKNOWN, 2010.
  • BSc (Bachelor of Science), Edith Cowan University, 2008.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., Treagust, D., (2015), The physical security professional: formulating a novel body of knolwedge. Journal of Applied Security Research, 10(3), 385-410, Binghamton, NY, DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2015.1038768.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., (2014), Do Security Systems Fail Because of Entropy?. Journal of Physical Security, 7(2), 50-76, Argonne, United States.

Conference Publications

  • Brooks, D., Coole, M., Johnson, C., Corkill, J., Jenkinson, M., (2015), Efficacy of property marking as situational crime prevention strategy. The Proceedings of 8th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 5-11, Perth, WA.
  • Kiszelewska, A., Coole, M., (2013), Physical security barrier selection: A decision support analysis. Proceedings of the 6th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 28-39, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Corkill, J., Coole, M., (2013), Security, control and deviance: Mapping the security domain and why it matters. Changing the way we think about change: Shifting boundaries, changing lives, 142-149, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Coole, M., Corkill, J., Woodward, A., (2012), Defence in depth, protection in depth and security in depth: A comparative analysis towards a common usage language. The Proceedings of the 5th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 27-35, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Coole, M., Woodward, A., Valli, C., (2012), Understanding the vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi and the impact on its use in CCTV systems. The Proceedings of the 5th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 36-43, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Coole, M., Brooks, D., (2011), Mapping the organizational relations within physical security?s body of knowledge: A management heuristic of sound theory and best practice. Proceedings of the 4th Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 49-57, Perth, Western Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Judging Dread: A Quantitative Investigation Of Affect, Psychometric Dread And Risk Consequence
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