Measure Theory

Subject MAST90012 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising one 2-hour lecture per week and one 1-hour practical class per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Both of the following subjects, or equivalent:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Lawrence Reeves



Subject Overview:

Measure Theory formalises and generalises the notion of integration. It is fundamental to many areas of mathematics and probability and has applications in other fields such as physics and economics. Students will be introduced to Lebesgue measure and integration, signed measures, the Hahn-Jordan decomposition, the Radon-Nikodym derivative, conditional expectation, Borel sets and standard Borel spaces, product measures, and the Riesz representation theorem.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this subject, students will understand the fundamentals of measure theory and be acquainted with the proofs of the fundamental theorems underlying the theory of integration. They will also have an understanding of how these underpin the use of mathematical concepts such as volume, area, and integration and they will develop a perspective on the broader impact of measure theory in ergodic theory and have the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.


Up to 40 pages of written assignments (40%: two assignments worth 20% each, due mid and late in semester), a 3-hour written examination (60%, in the examination period).

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

W. Rudin. Real and Complex Analysis. McGraw – Hill. Third Edition. 1987.
P. Halmos. Measure Theory. Springer. 1974.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:

  • problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
  • analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
  • collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
  • time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.
Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Mathematics and Statistics

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