Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising 2 one-hour lectures per week and 1 one-hour practice class per week. |
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours plus 7 hours private study per week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||It is recommended that students have completed a third year subject in algebra (equivalent to 620-321  Algebra).|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.
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CoordinatorDr Paul Norbury
|Subject Overview:||Commutative algebra is the basis of modern algebraic geometry. It provides the rigorous foundation for the study of curves and surfaces and their generalisations. Students will study: basic properties of rings, basic properties of modules including Nakayama's Lemma; Hom and tensor; Localisation; Noetherian properties and the Hilbert Basis theorem; Associated primes and primary decomposition; Grobner bases; Integral extensions; extension of primes in integral extensions; the Hilbert Nullstellensatz; Extended applications taken from Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Number Theory.|
|Objectives:||After completing this subject, students should gain: |
- a deeper understanding of the theory of rings and modules;
- an understanding of the basic concepts of Commutative Algebra such as localisation, Noetherian, associated primes and integral extensions;
- an understanding of how these basic concepts apply in an area of mathematics other than algebra;
- an understanding of proof-producing skills in an algebraic context and to assist in refining the presentation of the consequent proofs;
- the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
|Assessment:||Up to 60 pages of written assignments (75%: three assignments worth 25% each, due early, mid and late in semester), a 2 hour written examination (25%, in the examination period).|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||Upon completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills: |
- Problem-solving skills including the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies
- Analytical skills through the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis
- Through interactions with other students, the ability to work in a team
- Time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments
Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) |
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