Credit points: 15

Subject outline

General algebra, otherwise known as universal algebra, provides a theory within which to study the common features of all algebraic systems such as vector spaces, groups, rings, lattices and semigroups. The subject will present all of the basic results in the theory as well as providing an introduction to important recent developments. The close relationship between general algebra and lattice theory will be emphasised throughout.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTomasz Kowalski

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesMAT3DSA OR MAT3DS


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsOffered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in General Algebra.
02. Use advanced cognitive and technical skills to select and apply methods to critically analyse, evaluate and interpret tasks relevant to General Algebra
03. Use advanced cognitive and technical skills to analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems relevant to General Algebra.
04. Use advanced communication skills to transmit mathematical knowledge and ideas, in particular those of General Algebra, to others.
05. Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a mathematician.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTomasz Kowalski

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 day lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Requires extensive preparation for class presentations.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Four assignments, each equivalent to 1000 words.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Take home exam equivalent to 2000 words

N/ACentral examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5