Metric and Normed Spaces - MAST6024

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


Metric spaces: Examples of metrics and norms, topology in metric spaces, sequences and convergence, uniform convergence, continuous maps, compactness, completeness and completions, contraction mapping theorem and applications.
Normed spaces: Examples, including function spaces, Banach spaces and completeness, finite and infinite dimensional normed spaces, continuity of linear operators and spaces of bounded linear operators, compactness in normed spaces, Arzela-Ascoli theorem, Weierstrass approximation theorem.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 42
Private study hours: 108
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

80% examination, 20% coursework

Indicative reading

G. Cohen: A Course in Modern Analysis and its Applications. Cambridge University Press (2003).
J.R. Giles: Introduction to the Analysis of Normed Linear Spaces. Cambridge University Press (2000).
V.L. Hansen: Functional Analysis – Entering Hilbert Space. World Scientific (2006).
B. Rynne, M. Youngson: Linear Functional Analysis. Springer (2008).
W.A. Sutherland: Introduction to Metric and Topological Spaces. Oxford University Press (2002).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the level 6 module students will be able to:
1 demonstrate systematic understanding of key aspects of metric and normed spaces;
2 demonstrate the capability to deploy established approaches accurately to analyse and solve problems using a reasonable level of skill in calculation and manipulation of
the material in the following areas: convergence and continuity of maps in metric spaces, contraction mappings, completeness of spaces, spaces of continuous functions,
linear operators;
3 apply key aspects of normed spaces in well-defined contexts, showing judgement in the selection and application of tools and techniques.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the level 6 module students will be able to:
1 manage their own learning and make use of appropriate resources;
2 understand logical arguments, identifying the assumptions made and the conclusions drawn;
3 communicate straightforward arguments and conclusions reasonably accurately and clearly;
4 manage their time and use their organisational skills to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working;
5 solve problems relating to qualitative and quantitative information;
6 make competent use of information technology skills such online resources (Moodle), internet communication;
7 communicate technical material competently;
8 demonstrate an increased level of skill in numeracy and computation;
9 demonstrate the acquisition of the study skills needed for continuing professional development.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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