MAT-30013 - Group Theory
Coordinator: Raymond N Turner Room: MAC2.27 Tel: +44 1782 7 33739
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





MAT-20025: Abstract Algebra

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module builds on the Group Theory introduced in MAT - 20025 to develop some of the mathematics underlying the classification of finite groups. This culminates in a proof of Sylow's First Theorem which offers a partial converse to Lagrange's Theorem proved in MAT - 20025. The module also develops some applications of Group Theory, the natural setting for which is that of group actions. Several examples of applying group theoretic ideas to counting combinatorial configurations are presented.

The aim of this module is to develop some of the mathematics underlying the classification of finite groups and to develop some applications of Group Theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts such as abelian groups, normal subgroups, quotient groups and group actions: 1,2
derive Burnside┐s Lemma and use it in counting configurations: 1,2
demonstrate knowledge of group homomorphisms and the role of homomorphism as a unifying principle in Group Theory: 1,2
derive and apply the First Isomorphism Theorem: 1,2
demonstrate knowledge of conjugates, centralisers, the Class Equation and Sylow┐s theorems: 1,2
derive and apply Sylow┐s First Theorem: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures: 30 hours
Preparation of coursework: 30 hours
Independent study: 88 hours
Unseen examination : 2 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 30%
Approximately 4 assignments set at regular intervals.
Continuous assessment will consist of written coursework, problem sheets, class tests, or any combination thereof.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 70%
The examination paper will consist of no less than five and not more than eight questions all of which are compulsory.