615.781.81 - Quantum Information Processing

Applied Physics
Spring 2024


This course provides an introduction to the rapidly developing field of quantum information processing. In addition to covering fundamental concepts such as two-state systems, measurements uncertainty, quantum entanglement, and nonlocality, the course will emphasize specific quantum information protocols. Several applications of this technology will be explored, including cryptography, teleportation, dense coding, computing, and error correction. The quantum mechanics of polarized light will be used to provide a physical context to the discussion. Current research on implementations of these ideas will also be discussed.


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Course Structure

The course materials are divided into modules which can be accessed by clicking Course Modules on the left menu. A module will have several sections including the overview, content, readings, discussions, and assignments. You are encouraged to preview all sections of the module before starting. Most modules run for a period of seven (7) days, exceptions are noted in the Course Outline. You should regularly check the Calendar and Announcements for assignment due dates.

Course Topics

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide students an overview of the rapidly developing field of quantum information processing and then apply that knowledge to implement a program in a quantum programming language. This will provide students the necessary exposure and background for this exciting research area.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)


Nielsen, M.A. and Chuang, I.L. (2010). Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (10th anniversary ed.). Cambridge University Press.

ISBN-10: 1107002173
ISBN-13: 978-1107002173

Textbook information for this course is available online through the appropriate bookstore website: For online courses, search the MBS website.

Required Software


You will need access to a recent version of Python. I recommend the Anaconda release. This is available for free.


You will need the Qiskit library from IBM for programming the IBM quantum computers. This is available for free.

Student Coursework Requirements

It is expected that each module will take approximately 7–10 hours per week to complete. Here is an approximate breakdown: reading the assigned sections of the texts (approximately 1–2 hours per week) as well as some

outside reading, listening to the audio annotated slide presentations (approximately 2–3 hours per week), and homework and programming assignments (approximately 4–6 hours per week).

This course will consist of the following basic student requirements:

Preparation and Participation (10% of Final Grade Calculation)

You are responsible for carefully reading all assigned material and being prepared for discussion. The majority of readings are from the course text. Additional reading may be assigned to supplement text readings.

Post your initial response to the discussion questions by the evening of day 5 for that module week. Posting a response to the discussion question is part one of your grade for module discussions (i.e., Timeliness).

Part two of your grade for module discussion is your interaction (i.e., responding to classmate postings with thoughtful responses) with at least two classmates (i.e., Critical Thinking). Just posting your response to a discussion question is not sufficient; we want you to interact with your classmates. Be detailed in your postings and in your responses to your classmates' postings. Feel free to agree or disagree with your classmates. Please ensure that your postings are civil and constructive.

I will monitor module discussions and will respond to some of the discussions as discussions are posted. In some instances, I will summarize the overall discussions and post the summary for the module.

For the Quantum Programing Project, participation will be graded by active questions and discussions during the oral presentation sessions. This can occur either live when the presentation is ongoing, or by watching recordings of the sessions and posting to the Discussion Board afterward. Each student is expected to ask at least one question in either format, and the presenters are expected to respond directly to live questions or through the Discussion Board.

Evaluation of preparation and participation is based on contribution to discussions according to the following grading elements:

  1. Timeliness (50%)
  2. Critical Thinking (50%)

Preparation and participation is graded as follows:

Assignments (60% of Final Grade Calculation)

Assignments will include a mix of quantitative problem sets and programming assignments. Include a cover sheet with your name and assignment identifier. Also include your name and a page number indicator (i.e., page x of y) on each page of your submissions. Each problem should have the assumptions, computations, and final answer clearly delineated.

All assignments are due according to the dates in the Calendar.

Late submissions will be reduced by one letter grade for each week late (no exceptions without prior coordination with the instructors).

Assignments are evaluated by the following grading elements:

  1. Each part of question is answered (20%)
  2. Assumptions are clearly stated (20%)
  3. Intermediate derivations and calculations are provided (35%)
  4. Answer is technically correct and is clearly indicated (25%)
Assignments are graded as follows:

Quantum Programming Project (30% of Final Grade Calculation)

A quantum programming project will be assigned midway through the course. The final week will be devoted to the project and project presentations.

The Quantum Programming Project is evaluated by the following grading elements:

  1. Project report (as described in Quantum Programming Project Guidelines) (40%)
  2. Project presentation (as described in Quantum Programming Project Guidelines) (40%)
  3. Source code (as described in Quantum Programming Project Guidelines) 20%

Refer to the Quantum Programming Project Guidelines for detailed instructions and grading rubrics.

Grading Policy

Assignments are due according to the dates posted in your Blackboard course site. You may check these due dates in the Course Calendar or the Assignments in the corresponding modules. I will post grades one week after assignment due dates.

For the written assignment due with the project, I generally do not directly grade spelling and grammar. However, egregious violations of the rules of the English language will be noted without comment. Consistently poor performance in either spelling or grammar is taken as an indication of poor written communication ability that may detract from your grade.

A grade of A indicates achievement of consistent excellence and distinction throughout the course—that is, conspicuous excellence in all aspects of assignments and discussion in every week.

A grade of B indicates work that meets all course requirements on a level appropriate for graduate academic work. These criteria apply to both undergraduates and graduate students taking the course.

EP uses a +/- grading system (see “Grading System”, Graduate Programs catalog, p. 10). 100-98 = A+

97-94 = A

93-90 = A−

89-87 = B+

86-83 = B

82-80 = B−

79-77 = C+

76-73 = C

72-70 = C−

69-67 = D+

66-63 = D


Final grades will be determined by the following weighting:


% of Grade

Preparation and Participation




Quantum Programming Project



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This policy prohibits academic misconduct, including but not limited to the following: cheating or facilitating cheating; plagiarism; reuse of assignments; unauthorized collaboration; alteration of graded assignments; and unfair competition. Course materials (old assignments, texts, or examinations, etc.) should not be shared unless authorized by the course instructor. Any questions related to this policy should be directed to EP’s academic integrity officer at ep-academic-integrity@jhu.edu.

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Johns Hopkins University values diversity and inclusion. We are committed to providing welcoming, equitable, and accessible educational experiences for all students. Students with disabilities (including those with psychological conditions, medical conditions and temporary disabilities) can request accommodations for this course by providing an Accommodation Letter issued by Student Disability Services (SDS). Please request accommodations for this course as early as possible to provide time for effective communication and arrangements.

For further information or to start the process of requesting accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services at Engineering for Professionals, ep-disability-svcs@jhu.edu.

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If you have concerns in this course about harassment, discrimination, or any unequal treatment, or if you seek accommodations or resources, please reach out to the course instructor directly. Reporting will never impact your course grade. You may also share concerns with your program chair, the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, or the Office of Institutional Equity. In handling reports, people will protect your privacy as much as possible, but faculty and staff are required to officially report information for some cases (e.g. sexual harassment).

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