Algebra and Proofs - MAST4001

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Constanze Roitzheim checkmark-circle


This module serves as an introduction to algebraic methods which are central in modern mathematics and that have found applications in many other sciences, but also in our everyday life. In this course students will also gain an appreciation of the concept of proof in mathematics.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 42
Private study: 108
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Assessments Best of 6 out of 8 short exercise-based assessments. Each individual assessment is equally weighted and requires on average 3 hours to complete. Total 40%
Examination 2 hours 60%
The coursework mark alone will not be sufficient to demonstrate the student's level of achievement on the module.

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students
1 Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with basic algebraic methods;
2 Demonstrate the capability to make sound judgements in accordance with the basic theories and concepts in the following areas, whilst demonstrating a reasonable level of skill in calculation and manipulation of the material: logic, basic set theory, functions, relations, complex numbers, number systems, polynomials.
3 Apply the underlying concepts and principles associated with basic algebraic methods in several well-defined contexts, showing an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in this area.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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