Academic Year:
 2012/3 
Owning Department/School:
 Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:
 6 
Level:
 Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7) 
Period: 
Semester 2

Assessment:
 EX 100% 
Supplementary Assessment:  MA40054 Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations) 
Requisites:
 Before taking this unit you must take MA30204 or take MA30237 
Description:
 Aims: The course explains some fundamental applications of linear algebra to the study of finite groups. In so doing, it will show by example how one area of mathematics can enhance and enrich the study of another.
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the students will be able to state and prove the main theorems of Maschke and Schur and be conversant with their many applications in representation theory and character theory. Moreover, they will be able to apply these results to problems in group theory.
Content: Topics will be chosen from the following:
Group algebras, their modules and associated representations. Maschke's theorem and complete reducibility. Irreducible representations and Schur's lemma. Decomposition of the regular representation. Character theory and orthogonality theorems. Burnside's pa qb theorem.

Programme availability:

MA40054 is Optional on the following programmes:
Department of Computer Science
 USCMAFB20 : BSc (hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USCMAKB20 : BSc (hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USCMAAB20 : BSc (hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USCMAFB13 : BSc (hons) Computer Science with Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USCMAKB14 : BSc (hons) Computer Science with Mathematics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USCMAAB14 : BSc (hons) Computer Science with Mathematics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc (hons) Mathematical Sciences (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB16 : BSc (hons) Mathematical Sciences (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAAB16 : BSc (hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAFB13 : BSc (hons) Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB14 : BSc (hons) Mathematics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAFB01 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB02 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAAB02 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAAB14 : BSc (hons) Mathematics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAFB05 : BSc (hons) Statistics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB06 : BSc (hons) Statistics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAAB06 : BSc (hons) Statistics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAFM14 : MMath Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAFM14 : MMath Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 4
 USMAAAM15 : MMath Mathematics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 TSMAAFM09 : MSc Mathematical Sciences (Fulltime)  Year 1
 TSMAAPM09 : MSc Mathematical Sciences (Parttime)  Year 1
 TSMAAPM09 : MSc Mathematical Sciences (Parttime)  Year 2
Department of Physics
 USXXAFM01 : MSci (hons) Mathematics and Physics (Fulltime)  Year 4
