Courses & Units

Protective Security HSP601


Protective Security relates to security governance (including supporting a positive security culture), information security (including cyber security), personnel security (including employees and contractors) and physical security (providing a safe and secure physical environment for an organisation’s people, information and assets). This fully online unit provides you with a thorough understanding of the concepts and practical applications of Protective Security. You will gain an appreciation of the issues and elements that underlie the practice of Protective Security and draw upon theoretical concepts, real life case studies and relevant standards.

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills to translate and communicate theoretical concepts in Protective Security into tangible outputs for industry. This unit, together with crisis management, business continuity management, and the ability to lead resilient organisations, are collectively the underpinning foundation for enhancing organisational resilience. The unit provides you with an understanding and the requisite skills that will be interrelated with these units should you proceed further with your postgraduate studies in organisational resilience.


Unit name Protective Security
Unit code HSP601
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Associate Professor Steven Curnin
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend and analyse theoretical approaches to protective security.
  • Synthesise and apply relevant theoretical perspectives and concepts to provide solutions for protective security.
  • Produce written work on protective security that is clearly communicated and meets scholarly and industry requirements.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080307 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,625.00

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Teaching Pattern

Independent Learning, 8 hours, weekly

Online class, 1 hour, 2x per semester

AssessmentOnline quiz (20%)|Write a 2,500 word report on enhancing a strong security culture and implications for protective security governance. (50%)|Write a 1,500 word discussion paper on a corporate security risk. (30%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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