Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours


Faculty of Communications, Health and Science

First Supervisor

Clif Smith


This study examined the education profiles and skills and knowledge required for security managers conducted through an educational needs analysis of the security field. Little information is currently available about security education in Australia and there is no centralised source of information about such education. There is also comparatively little information exchanged across institutions, government and industry. A survey using the interview method obtained and analysed the opinions and perceptions of security skills and knowledge from the sample population. The aim of this study was to contribute to the security field by exploring and analysing the skills and knowledge required to perform the function of a security manager. There is currently no generic or recognised core security curriculum, as a result institutions of higher education have developed education programs in their own area of expertise and markets. The study set out to identify the security skills and knowledge and to survey security and non-security personnel's perceptions of skills and knowledge. The study then developed a hierarchy of skills and knowledge in order to formulate a core security curriculum model. The results of the survey are only representative of the participants from the sample population, and although are not conclusive, the results do provide a foundation for further curriculum development in security education. The outcomes of this study are hierarchies of security skills and security knowledge, and a mode-l for a core security syllabus. The list of skills and knowledge can be used to measure future requirements of security managers, and the model curricula can be utilised in course development and design for security education. The recommendations resulting from the study include the need for further research in security education and industry needs. The implications for security managers, security industry, and society are that there is now a measure of skills and knowledge that security managers can compare, which can be certified by a university within completion of recognised qualifications.