Module code: MAT3032

Module provider


Module Leader

FISHER D Dr (Maths)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 35

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION 80%
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST 20%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAT2048 Groups and Rings  

Module overview

This module extends the abstract algebra introduced in Year 2, providing a deeper insight into the structure of groups and introducing some additional algebraic structures.

Module aims

extend students' knowledge of abstract algebra and their appreciation of the inter-connectedness of the different areas of the subject.

provide familiarity with some classical theorems in algebraic structure theory.

establish a basis for further algebraic study, e.g. in Representation Theory or Lie Algebras.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of groups and rings. K
Understand the concept of a group action and identify some of its applications. KC
Analyse the structure of finite groups by methods including the Sylow thoerems. KC
Know the definition of an algebra and appreciate its relation to other structures. KC
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

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Further group theory.  Simple groups.
Finite abelian groups.
Group actions, conjugacy. 
Burnside’s formula and application to colouring problems.
The Sylow theorems and their applications 
Further ring theory.   Division rings.  The quaternions.
Idempotents and ring decompositions.
Group algebras.  

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 in-semester tests.
Online notes supplemented by additional examples in lectures.
Two unassessed coursework assignments, marked and returned.
Personal assistance given to individuals and small groups in office hours.

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 75% of the module mark.

·         One or more in-semester tests, together worth 25% of the module mark.


Formative assessment and feedback


Students receive written comments on their marked coursework assignments.  Maple TA may be used in assignments to provide immediate is used for part of the assignments and provides instant grading and feedback.s to solve problemsials, complex numbers,grading and feedback.  Verbal feedback is provided in lectures and office hours.

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED ALGEBRA :

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 2017/8 academic year.