- Class Number 6213
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sean Hodgman
- Dr Sean Hodgman
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course introduces students to the principles, concepts and applications of quantum technology. Building upon prior learning in quantum mechanics, students will first develop an understanding of the ‘qubit’ as the model quantum system used in quantum technologies. Students will then explore the archetypal physical realisations of qubits (eg superconducting circuits, photons, trapped atoms etc) before being introduced to each of the major types of quantum technology: computing/ simulation, communications and sensing/ microscopy. During this learning, an emphasis will be placed on critically comparing the different realisations of qubits and quantum technologies as well as quantum and classical technologies so that students readily appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each. Assessments will be designed to advance computational skills as well as written and verbal communication skills necessary for the quantum industry.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Model the initialisation, control, measurement and decoherence of qubits as abstracted quantum systems;
- Appraise archetypal physical realisations of qubits (superconducting circuits, trapped atoms, spin defects in solids, photons etc), methods of initialisation, control and measurement, and sources of decoherence;
- Examine the key principles, concepts and applications of each major quantum technology type: computing/simulation, communications and sensing/ microscopy;
- Critically compare different realisations of quantum technologies as well as quantum and classical technologies;
- Develop advanced computational, written communication and verbal communication skills.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Most recent edition of:
M.A. Nielsen and I.L. Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Cambridge University Press.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
The date range in the assessment summary refers to the dates in which the first assignment is due; the week in which the oral presentation is due, and the exam period for the final exam. Specific due dates for all assessment will be advised at the beginning of the semester.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Three x one hour lecture/workshops per week. Topics: Revision of quantum mechanics: wavefunction and density matrix descriptions, perturbation theory and time evolution. Model of the qubit without decoherence: initialisation, control and measurement. Model of the qubit with decoherence. Physical realisations of qubits. Principles, concepts and applications of quantum sensing/ microscopy. Principles, concepts and applications of quantum communications. Principles, concepts and applications of quantum computing and simulation||Weekly assignments 1 Oral presentation Final exam|
|2||weekly one hour drop-in session|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Oral Presentation||20 %||29/10/2021||07/11/2021||4,5|
|Final exam||50 %||04/11/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Workshops will be recorded via Zoom to accommodate students participating remotely.
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
The regular assignments will assist learning, prepare students for the other assessments and practice computational and written communication skills.
There are 8 reports /quizzes due over the semester. It is intended that the marked reports/quizzes will be returned 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 4,5
The presentation will practice verbal communication skills.
The date range in the assessment summary refers to the week in which the oral presentation is due. Specific due dates for all assessment will be advised at the beginning of the semester.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The exam will test explanation of key concepts and the solution of archetypal problems. Please refer to the Examinations timetable for exam scheduling.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
- Late submission not permitted. Submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments will be returned via email
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission is not permitted
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Dr Sean Hodgman