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Unit information: Group Theory in 2022/23

Unit name Group Theory
Unit code MATH33300
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Tointon
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

MATH10010 Introduction to Proofs and Group Theory

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


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School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Unit Information

Unit Aims

To develop the student's understanding of groups, one of mathematics' most fundamental constructs.

Unit Description

Groups are one of the main building blocks in mathematics. They form the basis of all rings, fields and vector spaces, and many objects studied in analysis and topology have a group-theoretic structure. Also, physicists use groups to describe properties of the fundamental particles of matter. Pure mathematicians use them to study symmetry properties of geometric figures, in problems concerning permutations, to classify sets of objects like points of algebraic curves, and to study collections of matrices as well as in many other uses. The unit will cover the basic parts of the subject and study various specific classes of groups in some detail.

Relation to Other Units

This unit develops the material from Introduction to Group Theory. The ideas are carried further in the Level 7 units Representation Theory, Algebraic Topology, and Galois Theory.

Your learning on this unit

Learning Objectives

After taking this unit, students should have gained an understanding of the basic properties of groups, and an appreciation of the beauties of this active, exciting and growing subject.

Transferable Skills

Assimilation and use of novel and abstract ideas.

How you will learn

The unit will be taught through a combination of

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Lecture notes
  • Exercise sheets to be worked on independently
  • Weekly synchronous support sessions
  • Weekly synchronous drop-in sessions with the unit director

How you will be assessed

90% Timed, open-book examination 10% Coursework

Raw scores on the examinations will be determined according to the marking scheme written on the examination paper. The marking scheme, indicating the maximum score per question, is a guide to the relative weighting of the questions. Raw scores are moderated as described in the Undergraduate Handbook.

If you fail this unit and are required to resit, reassessment is by a written examination in the August/September Resit and Supplementary exam period.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.