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Unit Overview


The content of this unit includes (1) Fundamentals of quantum computing: historical development of computational tools, power of quantum superposition and parallelism, quantum bits and state vectors, quantum circuits and unitary operators, universal quantum computation; (2) Quantum algorithms: Deutsch-Jozsa algorithm, Shor's algorithm for integer factorization, quantum Fourier transform and its properties, quantum phase estimation and finding eigenvalues, Grover's search algorithm, quantum amplitude amplification and estimation, quantum optimisation; (3) Quantum errors: cause and effect, quantum error correction, quantum fault-tolerant computation; (4) Quantum Information: quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, quantum bit commitment, and quantum communication.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the principles and concepts in quantum information, simulation, and computation; (2) understand quantum bits, quantum logic gates, quantum circuits; (3) evaluate quantum algorithms and quantum protocols for information processing, simulation, and communication; and (4) communicate effectively through clear and concise scientific writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jingbo Wang
Unit rules
Enrolment in
CM015 Bachelor of Science Frontier Physics and Master of Physics
or 53560 Master of Physics
or 65550 Master of Quantum Technology and Computing
or HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics
( HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering
or MJD-ICYDM International Cybersecurity
or 62530 Master of Data Science and
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods or equivalent
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
PHYS3005 Quantum Computation
Contact hours
Lectures/Workshop: 3 x 45 minutes per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.