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MT3505 Algebra: Rings and Fields

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:11.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed & Fri

This module continues the study of algebra begun in the 2000-level module MT2505 Abstract Algebra. It places emphasis on the concept of a ring and their properties, which give insight into concepts of factorisation and divisibility. Important examples such as polynomial rings will be used to motivate and illustrate the theory developed.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for MMath Pure Mathematics

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

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT2505
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT4517
UG Modules required for:MT4111, MT4501, MT4519, MT5823, MT5827, MT5836

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 hours of lectures and 1 tutorial.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 90%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 10%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 90%, Coursework = 10%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr S Huczynska
Module teaching staff:Dr S Huczynska