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Unit information: Topics in Quantum Engineering in 2018/19

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Unit name Topics in Quantum Engineering
Unit code PHYSM0022
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Turner
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit provides training for Quantum Engineering students outside the regular classroom setting in order

to accommodate new topics and seminars that arise in this rapidly developing field. Transferrable skills

training will also be included in this unit, either as stand-alone modules or as components of other modules.

One major theme of the unit is fostering the student’s evolution from an undergraduate mind-set to an

independent, research-aware graduate student.

Each student must participate in at least one cohort learning module: an advanced or emerging topic will be

identified by a subset of the cohort (subsets of size one are allowed), and once approved by the instructor

that subset will be responsible for delivering a learning module on that topic to the rest of the cohort. Each

student must also participate in at least one cohort in/excursion: either an appropriate visitor(s) or place(s)

to visit will be identified by a subset of the cohort, and once approved they will be responsible for delivering

either a seminar or workshop to the cohort by that visitor(s), or a cohort excursion to that place.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the unit the student should:

- Be able to compare the advantages and drawbacks involved in quantum technology at large. - Put what has been learned and individual skills into context, and identify future career possibilities. - Be able to describe the ‘bigger picture’ in Quantum Engineering and its role beyond academia.

Transferrable skills:

- Specific transferrable skills training in dedicated modules. - The ability to organise and deliver training to peers (modules, workshops). - The ability to write and/or assess research reports/proposals. - The ability to Communicate technical material both in small and larger groups.

Teaching details

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, group discussions, and learning modules. Contact Hours Per Week 2-6, depending on scheduling of module activities. Student Input: Approximately 40 hours of contact time with module instructors and group activity, with approximately 160 hours of private study, preparation, assignment work.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment will be based 50% on peer-assessment of the modules delivered, and 50% on a

written report (which may take various forms, including a web-based version of the module) assessed by

the instructor. The total amount of assessed written material will be no more than 4000 words, and the

total amount of assessed non-written presentation will be no more than 1.5 hours; the exact weighting of

each will depend upon the modules delivered.

Peer-assessed marks will be moderated and approved by the unit director

Reading and References

Texts, reviews and research articles appropriate to each module, at the instructor’s discretion.