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MT4003   Groups

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

This module introduces students to group theory, which is one of the central fields of the 20th century mathematics. The main theme of the module is classifying groups with various additional properties, and the development of tools necessary in this classification. In particular, the students will meet the standard algebraic notions, such as substructures, homomorphisms, quotients and products, and also various concepts peculiar to groups, such as normality, conjugation and Sylow theory. The importance of groups in mathematics, arising from the fact that groups may be used to describe symmetries of any mathematical object, will be emphasised throughout the module.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass MT2505

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10), 1 tutorial and 1 examples class (weeks 2 - 11).

Scheduled learning hours: 45

Guided independent study hours: 105

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Prof N Ruskuc
Module teaching staff: Dr M R Quick