GROUPS & RINGS - 2024/5
Module code: MAT2048
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.
Mathematics & Physics
PRINSLOO Andrea (Maths & Phys)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: G100
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 73
Lecture Hours: 33
Tutorial Hours: 5
Guided Learning: 6
Captured Content: 33
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||In-semester test (50 minutes)||20|
|Examination||Exam (2 hours)||80|
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, worth 80% of the module mark.
· In-semester test, worth 20% of the module mark.
Formative assessment and feedback
- feedback on two pieces of unassessed coursework
- verbal feedback at tutorial sessions
- 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
|001||Know the definition of a group and a ring and recognise standard examples||KC|
|002||Carry out calculations involving groups and rings, selecting the appropriate method.||KC|
|003||Have insight into the structure of groups, their subgroups and mappings between groups.||KC|
|004||Have insight into the structure of rings, their subrings and mappings between rings.||KC|
|005||Understand how to construct quotient groups or quotient rings.||KC|
|006||Construct simple proofs similar to those encountered in the module.||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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;
- Five biweekly 50-minute tutorials per semester;
- Module notes supplemented by additional exercises in tutorials and additional examples in lectures.
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.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: MAT2048
Programmes this module appears in
|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 with Music BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics with Statistics MMath||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|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 MMath||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 2024/5 academic year.