Mr Phil Turner

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Position – Associate Dean Teaching and Learning – Faculty of Science & Engineering

Position – Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Qualifications - BEng (Hons), MEngSc, PGCertEd.


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Key responsibilities | Research | Teaching | Honours and Awards | Other

Key responsibilities

  • Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, FSE

Research and consultancy

Research interests

I have a wide interest in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, with a dominant concern for effective practice that leads to meaningful learning outcomes. My doctoral study considers a pragmatic model for reflective practice in teaching undergraduate engineering programs.

Through my honours students in engineering I also contribute to research and development across a range of engineering applications. Recently this has included three dimensional localisation of acoustic targets (using passive time difference of arrival data), building software to illustrate demand side management effects in the domestic context, real time image tracking, cooperative robot localisation, and mesh sensor networks. In the coming years I am looking for enthusiastic students to extend this work or to focus on sustainable energy systems and basic electric vehicle technologies.

Postgraduate research supervisions


  • Craig McPherson (PhD, 2012)

Selected publications

McPherson, Craig, Turner, Phil, McPherson, Geoff, and Kenny, Owen P. (2007) Application of a three-dimensional hyperbolic location system to the false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) depredation issue. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 7 (4). pp. 312-321. ISSN 1741-5136

McPherson, Geoff, McPherson, Craig, Turner, Phil, Kenny, Owen, Madry, Andrew, Bedwell, Ian, Clarke, Gary, and Kreutz, Dave (2007) Approaches to mitigation of toothed whale depredation on the longline fishery in the eastern Australian Fishing Zone. ISBN 978-1-934061-10-7. Proceedings of the Fourth International Fishers Forum, 12 - 14 November, 2007, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

McPherson, Craig R., Turner, Phil, Kenny, Owen P., and McPherson, Geoff R. (2006) A background noise reduction technique for improving false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) localisation. Abstracts from the 4th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan, 28 November - 2 December 2006, Hawaii.

Gilbert, Rob, Balatti, Jo, Turner, Phil, and Whitehouse, Hilary (2004) The generic skills debate in research higher degrees. Higher Education Research & Development, 23 (3). pp. 375-388. ISSN 1469-8366

McPherson, Geoffrey R., Clague, Chris, Turner, Phillip, McPherson, Craig R., Madry, Andrew, Bedwell, Ian, and Cato, Doug H. (2004) Development of passive acoustic tracking systems to investigate tooth whale interactions with fishing gear. ISBN 978-0-909882-22-8. Proceedings of the 2004 Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society, 3-5 November 2004, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

Turner, Phil (2004) The SPQ in monitoring learning. ISBN 978-0-9756831-0-1. Proceedings of the 15th Australasian Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education and the 10th Australasian Women in Engineering Forum, 27 - 29 September 2004, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.

McPherson, Geoff, Turner, Phil, McPherson, Craig, and Cato, Douglas (2003) Acoustic systems to mitigate predation on tuna longline hooked fish by large marine animals - an Australian perspective of the global problem. Papers from the 8th Western Pacific Acoustic Conference In: 8th Western Pacific Acoustic Conference, 7-9 April 2003, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Turner, Phil, Berkelmans, Ray, and Brodie, Matt (2002) Precise set-point control of temperature for coral bleaching experiments. Marine Technology Society Journal, 36 (1). pp. 70-75. ISSN 0025-3324

Turner, M. P. (2001). Metalearning in the engineering curriculum: work in progress. Paper presented at the Towards Excellence in Engineering Education, Brisbane.






1997 – 2012


Engineering Thesis

Coordinator / Supervisor

2009 – 2012


Engineering I

Coordinator / Lecturer

2006 – 2012


Computing for Engineers

Coordinator / Lecturer

1997 – 2012


Electric Circuits

Coordinator / Lecturer

Professional and community engagement

  • Member, IEEE

  • Member, Australasian Association for Engineering Education

  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education