NONCOMMUTATIVE ALGEBRA - 2020/1

Module code: MATM049

Module Overview

This module extends students’ knowledge of ring theory and introduces various topics in noncommutative algebra.

Module provider

Mathematics

Module Leader

FISHER David (Maths)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: G100

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAT2048 Groups and Rings

Module content

Indicative content includes:



  • Finite-dimensional division rings and algebras


  • Wedderburn's theorem on finite division rings


  • Prime and semiprime rings


  • Wedderburn’s decomposition theorem


  • Modules over rings; vector spaces over division rings


  • Noetherian and Artinian rings


  • The Jacobson radical


  • Tensor products of rings and modules

  • Rings of fractions; Ore domains



 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 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 2, 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 test and assignments.  Verbal feedback is provided in lectures and office hours.

 

Module aims

  • enhance students' appreciation of abstract algebraic structure theory,
  • develop an understanding of noncommutative ring theory and modules over rings,
  • provide a foundation for independent study of algebraic topics.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
1 Know the definitions and language associated with rings, algebras and modules and be familiar with examples K
2 Appreciate the relationships between the structures studied in this module and those encountered in previous algebraic modules KCT
3 Know and be able to apply a variety of standard results and structure theorems, as listed in the module content   KC
4 Devise solutions of algebraic problems involving the concepts studied KC
5 Read and interpret varying presentations of the material CT
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 enhanced awareness of the theory and applications of abstract algebra


  • Experience of the methods used to interpret, understand and solve problems in the topics covered.



 

The learning and teaching methods include:



  • Three 50-minute lectures per week for eleven weeks, some being used as tutorials, problem classes and a test.


  • Online notes supplemented by additional examples in lectures.


  • Unassessed coursework consisting of exercises from the notes.

  • 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.

Reading list

Reading list for NONCOMMUTATIVE ALGEBRA : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/matm049

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mathematics MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2020/1 academic year.