# GROUPS & RINGS - 2019/0

Module code: MAT2048

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to abstract algebra through elementary group and ring theory. Thus it forms the starting point for all the algebraic modules that follow: MAT2005 Algebra and Codes, MAT3011 Galois Theory, MAT3032 Advanced Algebra and MATM011 Lie Algebras.

Module provider

Mathematics

Module Leader

PRINSLOO AH Dr (Maths)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: G100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAT1031 Algebra

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Revision of the group axioms, permutations and the integers modulo n.

Symmetries and the dihedral groups.

Cyclic groups, direct products.

Group homomorphisms and isomorphisms.

Cosets, normal subgroups, quotient groups. Lagrange's theorem.

Introduction to rings and fields. Subrings, ideals and quotient rings.

Rings of polynomials. Construction of finite fields.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type | Unit of assessment | Weighting |
---|---|---|

Examination | EXAMINATION | 80 |

School-timetabled exam/test | IN-SEMESTER TEST (50 MINS) | 20 |

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to

· construct and interpret mathematical arguments in the context of this module;

· display subject knowledge by recalling key definitions and results;

· apply the techniques learnt to both routine and unfamiliar problems.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

· One two-hour examination at the end of Semester 1, worth 80% of the module mark.

· In-semester test, worth 20% of the module mark.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive written comments on their marked coursework assignments. Maple TA may be used in assignments to provide immediate grading and feedback. Verbal feedback is provided in lectures and office hours.

Module aims

- introduce the axiomatic approach to group theory and ring theory
- develop confidence in working with algebraic structures
- provide a firm foundation for subsequent study of abstract algebra

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed | ||
---|---|---|

1 | Know the definition of a groupt and recognise and recognize standard examples | K |

2 | Carry out calculations involving groups, selecting an appropriate method. | KC |

3 | Have insight into the structure of groups, their subgroups and mappings between groups. | KC |

4 | Know the definition of a ringt and recognise and recognize standard examples. | K |

5 | Understand rings of polynomials and the use of quotient rings in constructing finite fields. | KC |

6 | Construct simple proofs similar to those encountered in the module. | KCT |

Attributes Developed

**C** - Cognitive/analytical

**K** - Subject knowledge

**T** - Transferable skills

**P** - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide:

An introduction to algebraic structure theory

Experience of the methods used to interpret, understand and solve problems in group and ring theory

The learning and teaching methods include:

Three 50-minute lectures per week for eleven weeks, some being used as tutorials, problem classes and in-semester tests.

Online notes supplemented by additional examples in lectures.

Two unassessed coursework assignments, marked and returned.

Personal assistance given to individuals and small groups in office hours.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme | Semester | Classification | Qualifying conditions |
---|---|---|---|

Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics MPhys | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Physics MMath | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics and Computer Science BSc (Hons) | 1 | Optional | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons) | 1 | Optional | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics MMath | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) | 1 | Compulsory | A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module |

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.