- Class Number 6062
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Anand Deopurkar
- Dr Anand Deopurkar
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
This course introduces the basic concepts of modern algebra such as groups and rings. The philosophy of this course is that modern algebraic notions play a fundamental role in mathematics itself and in applications to areas such as physics, computer science, economics and engineering. This course emphasizes the application of techniques.
Topics to be covered include:
- Group Theory - permutation groups; abstract groups, subgroups, cyclic and dihedral groups; homomorphisms; cosets, Lagrange's Theorem, quotient groups, group actions; Sylow theory.
- Ring Theory - rings and fields, polynomial rings, factorisation; homomorphisms, factor rings.
- Linear algebra - unitary matrices, Hermitian matrices, canonical forms.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are required to have a deeper understanding of the material, are expected to do extra work of a more theoretical nature and are assessed separately
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Explain the fundamental concepts of advanced algebra such as groups and rings and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts
2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of advanced algebraic techniques
3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from advanced algebra
4. Apply problem-solving using advanced algebraic techniques applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
No materials are allowed for the exams.
Artin's "Algebra" textbook. (Any edition is acceptable, although the 2nd edition and later are preferred.)
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Groups, subgroups, cyclic groups||problem set|
|2||Cosets, Lagrange's theorem, homomorphisms, normal subgroups||problem set|
|3||Groups of small order, Cayley's theorem, permutation groups||problem set|
|4||Quotient groups, isomorphism theorems, correspondence theorems||problem set|
|5||Free groups, generators and relations, symmetries of plane figures||problem set|
|6||Dihedral groups, crystallographic groups, orthogonal groups, groups in physics||problem set, mid-semester exam anticipated (week 6 or 7)|
|7||More group actions, Sylow theorems||problem set, mid-semester exam anticipated (week 6 or 7)|
|8||Rings, examples, homomorphisms, ideals||problem set|
|9||PIDs, quotient rings||problem set|
|10||Prime ideals, maximal ideals, correspondence theorems||problem set|
|11||Modules, linear algebra over a ring||problem set|
|12||Applications to finite abelian groups||problem set|
Workshops will begin in Week 2. Please see Wattle for more information, and note that workshop registration will be via MyTimetable. ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Problem sets||20 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Mid-semester exam||25 %||29/08/2022||23/09/2022||1,2,3|
|Final exam||30 %||03/11/2022||01/12/2021||1,2,3|
|Add-on module||25 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are encouraged to discuss material with each other as an aid to learning. Collaboration in solving assigned problems must be acknowledged in writing on the submitted assignment. Remote participation will be possible for students who can't be in Canberra due to the pandemic. The exact details will be given on the first week of the semester according to the situation and will be adapted according to further developments.
There will be a mid-semester and a final exam. Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and mode of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Problem sets are the most important method for mastering the course material. Students will be assessed on both the correctness and clarity of their arguments.
The date range for these tasks indicates the approximate due date for the first problem set, and the approximate return date for the last problem set. Problem sets are due each week throughout the semester. It is intended that the sets will be returned within 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The mid-semester exam is a hurdle for the course; students who do not take the exam will receive an NCN.
Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The final exam is a hurdle for the course; students who do not take the exam will receive an NCN.
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Students enrolling in the graduate version (MATH6118) of Algebra 1 are required to take the add-on module. This entails an additional lecture each week and has associated written and possibly oral assessment that will be announced on Wattle. The content of the add-on is not assumed in the regular lectures, but the add-on does assume that students are keeping up with the content of the main part of the course. Attendance and active engagement at the add-on lecture is expected each week.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. MATH6118 does not use Turnitin, having been granted an exemption.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Assignments will generally be returned with feedback within one week.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Students may not generally resubmit marked assignments. In the case that a marking error is suspected, students should write an explanation of what error they believe was made and submit it to the lecturer within three days.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Dr Anand Deopurkar
Dr Anand Deopurkar