Linear Algebra - MAST4004

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Andrew Hone checkmark-circle


This module considers the abstract theory of linear spaces together with applications to matrix algebra and other areas of Mathematics (and its applications). Since linear spaces are of fundamental importance in almost every area of mathematics, the ideas and techniques discussed in this module lie at the heart of mathematics. Topics covered will include vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalisation, orthogonality and applications.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 42
Private study: 108
Total: 150

Method of assessment

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 will be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with linear algebra;
2 demonstrate the capability to make sound judgements in accordance with the basic theories, concepts, and applications in linear algebra, whilst demonstrating a reasonable level of skill in calculation and manipulation of the material;
3 apply the underlying concepts and principles associated with linear algebra 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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