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Unit information: Quantum System Engineering in 2022/23

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Unit name Quantum System Engineering
Unit code EENGM0025
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Jorge Barreto
Open unit status Not open
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Topics in quantum engineering

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School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

The aim is to introduce big picture of architecture for future quantum technology leaders and equip them with the techniques to design, deliver and manage quantum technologies at scale. The key elements will be addressed with specific examples from quantum technologies. Quantum system engineering is an interdisciplinary approach which will focus on the control, planning, organising and managing concepts that govern the basics of the topic. It will look toward commercialisation and how to deliver it starting from the early development phase, covering all the steps in between, such as system validation, operation, cost, training, manufacturing, maintenance, and disposal. Both system architecture and system interface concepts will be covered.

Your learning on this unit

Upon completion of the course students should:

  • Be able to gain a sound understanding of deploying rigorous thinking process to integrate people and physical components
  • Have the knowledge of system architecture
  • Be able to acknowledge the value of system interface concept
  • Be able to analyse their decisions
  • Gain understanding of the metrics for process

Transferrable skills include:

  • Leadership
  • The ability to recognise and quantify the complexity of scaling technology up to industrial scales.

How you will learn

The course will consist of graduate-style lectures.

How you will be assessed

Assessment for this graduate-style course will include a group project with a report (~3000 words 60%) and a presentation (40%).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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