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Unit Overview


In this unit, students will begin to investigate a specific topic area in Quantum Technology and Computing in either the classical or the quantum domain. Under close supervision, students will carry out a thorough literature review of their chosen research topic to understand the scope of the stated problem, its significance and what has been done previously. Students will learn the necessary computational and mathematical methods, the use of LaTeX, professional scientific writing skills, referencing conventions appropriate to physics and research ethics in general. They will also be exposed to the practical tools and professional standards needed to develop a research project, to write a research proposal, to give an oral presentation, where they will be prepared to answer questions and to defend their proposal.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) execute a thorough and critical literature review of their chosen research topic; (2) apply advanced computational and mathematical methods; (3) communicate effectively through the preparation of presentation and oral defence of the proposal; and (4) work within the research group and start research in the proposed project.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review and (2) research proposal. 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
in the Master of Quantum Technology and Computing
PHYS5201 Quantum Technology and Computing Research Project Part 1
and PHYS5202 Quantum Technology and Computing Research Project Part 2
and PHYS5203 Quantum Technology and Computing Research Project Part 3
and PHYS5204 Quantum Technology and Computing Research Project Part 4
and PHYS5205 Dissertation in Quantum Technology and Computing
Contact hours
Average 1-hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors throughout the semester to define the content of the literature review and research proposal)
The four Master of Quantum Technology and Computing Research Project units (PHYS5201, PHYS5202, PHYS5203, and PHYS5404) (24-points), together with the Research Proposal unit (PHYS5200) (6-points) and the Dissertation unit (PHYS5205) (6-points), fulfil the research requirement of the Master of Quantum Technology and Computing.

A total of 36-points of research credit is based on individual research on a topic undertaken within one of the research groups in or affiliated with, the Department of Physics.
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  • 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.