Courses & Units

Group Theory and Functional Analysis KMA322

This unit will be first offered in 2022.


This third year, second-semester unit covers some of the fundamental abstract structures, processes and relationships that underpin all of mathematics. The first half of the unit focuses on the central role groups play in modern algebra together with their application to the understanding of structure and symmetry in various scientific contexts. In the second half of the unit, we introduce the topological concepts essential to the study of continuity and convergence in infinite dimensional metric spaces. Applying these ideas, we develop the theory of normed and inner product spaces, and see how they are key to the study of differential and integral equations, quantum mechanics, numerical analysis, and many more areas. This unit is one of the options for students completing the Mathematics major of the BSc.


Unit name Group Theory and Functional Analysis
Unit code KMA322
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Associate Professor Jeremy Sumner
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the fundamental concepts of group theory and functional analysis, through formulating mathematical proofs;
  • Identify and develop solutions to applied problems in physics and the other sciences, using group theory and functional analysis;
  • Apply logic, reasoning and a variety of communication skills to present mathematical ideas and results in a clear and precise way;
  • Explain the fundamental connection between groups and symmetries, and the application of group theory to a broad range of mathematical and scientific contexts;
  • Synthesise the necessary topological concepts that enable infinite processes to be carried out such as continuity and convergence;
  • Analyse the structural development of basic topological spaces from metric to (infinite-dimensional) normed and inner-product spaces, and implement the properties of such spaces in a broad range of contexts.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010101 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

1 x 3-hr workshop weekly (39 hours total), 1 x 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 hours total).

AssessmentQuiz #1 (15%)|Quiz #2 (15%)|Weekly Assignments (30%)|Examination (40%)
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