Elements Of Quantum Computing
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poorly taught and poorly organised I think Lloyd and Charles did a pretty good job at the start. Things went downhill right after that though. I find it difficult to follow the subject especially with how the lecturers keep on changing every other week. The lectures were convoluted and lifeless at most times. A lot of the stuff on the assignments were not explained well beforehand; this is also one of those subjects where you don't have many online resources which are readily available at your disposal, so that made it even harder. Practical were pretty boring, on a good day maybe the demonstrator would be kind enough to walk us through it, maybe gave us a brief review about this week's lecture; oftentimes, they'd just assume that everyone can go ahead and do everything. I don't want to talk about the exam The prereqs for this subject on the handbook is not realistic with the stuff they expect you to do. Linear Algebra should be a must; in fact, the first assignment is mostly Linear Algebra in a quantum computing context. You would also need a bit of computing and algorithms knowledge here too. At the very least know a bit of Python and MATLAB to help you with the assignment. There is a fair bit of Finance in the subject too. I don't think it's necessary to take Principles of Finance prior to this, but it would be great if they spend more time explaining the finance topics. I'd say two stars because I guess with coronavirus it didn't play out the way they wanted it to be.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020
I would give this 1 star but this was the first time the subject was run and it was during covid so I imagine it didn't pan out how the staff wanted it to. The main lecturer was quite clear but there was multiple guest lecturers which were impossible to follow. The expectations are very unclear as well as the pre requisites. You need a solid understand of linear algebra, machine learning and finance before beginning. If you have a genuine interest in quantum computing and already have a solid under standing in it as well as the other topics then you might enjoy this subject, however I would suggest avoiding at all costs if you lack background knowledge in any of the topics including quantum computing itself. Hopefully the staff will make improvements for future semesters as I believe this subject has potential.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2020
WORST SUBJECT EVER, POORLY TAUGHT, SKIP THROUGH MAIN CONTENT, POORLY ORGANISED AND ASSIGNMENETS AND EXAMS ARE SOO DUMB. ALL YOU LEANR IN THIS SUBJECT IS HOW TO FIND WAYS TO PASS COS THERE IS LEGIT NOTHING GOOD ABOUT IT ! LECTURERS KEEP CHANGING AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOUR LOST WITH WHATS BEEN TAUGHT. YOU SHOULD HAVE COMPUTING , ALGEBRA AND FINANCE KNOWLEDGE AND BY THAT I MEAN REALLY STRONG KNOWLEDGE COS THEY WILL TEST YOU AT STUFF THEY HAVENT TAUGHT IN THIS SUBJECT AND U HAVE NEVER EVER LEARNT OR SEEN !