The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Quantum Information Science deals with the application of quantum mechanics to represent and process information, and as such, is fundamental to the development of more realistic modelling on a practical timescale which will have a broad impact in a range of areas essential to the modern world such as drug design, sustainable power generation, and the development of new materials.

Quantum Information Science studies the quantum mechanics and atomic physics needed to understand the development of quantum computing using entanglement and Qubits.

Blended problem-based conceptual learning (lectorials) will be used to gain an understanding of key developments, ideas and theories covered in Quantum Information Science. Blended problem-based hands-on learning (laborials) will be used to gain an understanding of key experiments, models and analysis covered in Quantum Information Science.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate their knowledge in the field of advanced Quantum Mechanics in relation to the use of atomic systems to develop Quantum Computers.

2. Solve qualitative and quantitative problems, using appropriate mathematical and computational techniques.

3. Perform experiments which involve making correct and appropriate use of a range of scientific equipment, keeping an accurate record of experimental work and analysing results and reaching non-trivial conclusions from them.

4. Communicate the results of both theoretical and experimental work in various forms including written reports, oral presentations and poster presentations

5. Contribute to team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning.


The topics to be covered include:

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics: The basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics; Principle of superposition and compatible observables in quantum mechanics; Conservation theorems in Quantum Mechanics; The harmonic oscillator and second quantisation; Angular momentum; Three dimensional systems.
  • Advanced Atomic/Molecular Physics: Angular momentum in the Hydrogen Atom; Dipole Radiation; Fine and hyperfine structure; Atoms in Electric and Magnetic fields; Laser cooling of atoms
  • Quantum Computing: Entanglement; Qubits; Quantum Logic Gates; Realisation of quantum computers


Students must have successfully completed MATH2310, and either PHYS2211,PHYS 2170 or PHYS2240 to enrol in this course. If students have successfully completed PHYS3350 they cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MATH2310, PHYS2211 (or equivalent)

Assessment items

Quiz: Weekly Quiz

In Term Test: In Term Test

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial/Laboratory exercises

Formal Examination: Formal Examination