• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Matthew James
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Classical information theory is well established and is fundamental to the engineering of today’s digital telecommunications systems. By the late 1990’s it was understood how information theory could be extended to exploit the special features of quantum mechanics, and today commercial quantum information systems are being developed. This course provides an introduction to the basic ideas of quantum information theory. The course will include an overview of the relevant ideas needed from quantum mechanics. Topics to be covered include entanglement, teleportation, quantum key distribution, and the transmission of quantum information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will be able to demonstrate critical analysis of research and publications in an advanced specialist topic of current interest in communication technologies, and the current boundaries of knowledge and predominant research streams that are extending them.


1.      Review of probability theory

2.      Introduction to quantum mechanics

a.       Postulates of quantum mechanics

b.      Density operators and states

c.       Quantum operations

d.      Measurement theory

3.      Review of classical information theory

a.       Entropy

b.      Mutual information

c.       Fundamental inequalities

d.      Data compression

e.       Channel capacity

4.      Quantum information theory

a.       The qubit

b.      Superdense coding

c.       Quantum entropy

d.      Accessible information

e.       Quantum channels

f.        Classical information over quantum channels

g.       Quantum information over quantum channels

h.      Quantum teleportation

i.         Quantum key distribution

Indicative Assessment

Proposed Assessment:

Homework Exercises 25%

Research Paper Report 15%

Research Paper Presentation 10%

Final Exam 50%

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering.

Prescribed Texts

Michael A. Nielsen, Isaac L. Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN-10: 1107002176, ISBN-13: 978-1107002173 (the 2000 edition is also fine).


Preskill, John, Lectures Notes for PHYS229: Quantum Information and Computation, 1993. http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/preskill/ph229/


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3200 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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