• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Vigleik Angeltveit
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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Algebraic topology studies properties of topological spaces and maps between them by associating algebraic invariants (fundamental groups, homology groups, cohomology groups) to each space. This course gives a solid introduction to fundamental ideas and results that are employed nowadays in most areas of mathematics, theoretical physics and computer science. This course aims to understand some fundamental ideas in algebraic topology; to apply discrete, algebraic methods to solve topological problems; to develop some intuition for how algebraic topology relates to concrete topological problems.

Topics to be covered include:

Fundamental group and covering spaces; Brouwer fixed point theorem and Fundamental theorem of algebra; Homology theory and cohomology theory; Jordan-Brouwer separation theorem, Lefschetz fixed theorem; some additional topics (Orientation, Poincare duality, if time permits)


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the fundamental concepts of algebraic topology and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts.
  2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of algebraic topology techniques.
  3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from algebraic topology.
  4. Apply problem-solving using algebraic topology techniques applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts.
  5. Conduct some (limited) independent research under expert supervision.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly assignments (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Mid semester exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. End of semester exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

Face-to-face component which may consist of 3 x 12 hours (36 hours total) of lectures and 1 x 12 hours of workshops (12 hours total) per semester.

Approximately 82 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, tutorials and other assessment tasks.  

The exact workload distribution will vary from year to year.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you need to be undertaking the MATH-HSPC Honours specialisation. To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MATH2322 or MATH3104 and completion of one of MATH3345, MATH3320 or MATH3342. Incompatible with MATH6204 and MATH8204.

You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Algebraic Topology, by Allen Hatcher




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7703 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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