Undergraduate Course: Topics in Noncommutative Algebra (MATH11143)
Course Outline
School  School of Mathematics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  NB. This course is delivered *biennially* with the next instance being in 201819. It is anticipated that it would then be delivered every other session thereafter.
While commutative algebra captures and generalizes the essential properties of numbers and functions, noncommutative algebra enters naturally when studying collections of transformations and operators in diverse contexts throughout mathematics, physics and beyond. Students will learn some of the many methods and techniques in noncommutative algebra, highlighting interesting examples, key constructions, and important special classes of noncommutative algebras and their actions on linear spaces. 
Course description 
The syllabus will vary from year to year. Possible topics include:
 Artinian rings
 Noncommutative noetherian rings
 Category theory
 Growth of groups and algebras
 Radicals of rings and algebras

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 
Students MUST have passed:
Honours Algebra (MATH10069)

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  This course is designed so as to be independent of MATH11143 Topics in Ring and Representation Theory, so that students may take either course, or both. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  Visiting students are advised to check that they have studied the material covered in the syllabus of any prerequisite course listed above before enrolling 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 1 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
69 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
50 %,
Coursework
50 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework 50%, Examination 50%
Each homework will have 5 exercises. There will be 5 sets of homework. 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S1 (December)   2:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 The main aim of this course is for you to became fluent working with rings.
 To know the structure theorems of finite dimensional algebras.
 State important theorems in noncommutative algebra and explain key steps in their proof.
 Demonstrate comprehension by solving unseen problems in noncommutative algebra.
 Provide examples of several different kinds of noncommutative algebras.

Reading List
We will use some chapters (mainly chapter 2) from the following book:
1. M. Bresar, Introduction to noncommutative algebra, 2014. Library: online access
The following books are recommended for enthusiasts:
2. T.Y. Lam, A first course in noncommutative rings, 2001 or 1999. Library: QA251.4 Lam
3. I.N. Herstein, Noncommutative rings, 2005. Library: online access 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Keywords  TNA 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Agata Smoktunowicz
Tel:
Email: A.Smoktunowicz@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mr Martin Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6427
Email: Martin.Delaney@ed.ac.uk 

