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MT2505 Abstract Algebra

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:11.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

This main purpose of this module is to introduce the key concepts of modern abstract algebra: groups, rings and fields. Emphasis will be placed on the rigourous development of the material and the proofs of important theorems in the foundations of group theory. This module forms the prerequisite for later modules in algebra. It is recommended that students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity take an even number of the 15-credit 2000-level MT modules.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all MMath programmes.

Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT1002 or A at Advanced Higher Mathematics or A at A-level Further Mathematics
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT2002
UG Modules required for:MT3505, MT3600, MT4003, MT4516, MT4517, MT4519

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 hours of lectures (x 10 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks), 1-hour examples class (x 5 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 70%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 30%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework = 30%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J D Mitchell
Module teaching staff:Dr J D Mitchell, Dr C Bleak