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MAS3706 : Topology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christian Bönicke
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To present the basic ideas of topology essential to an understanding of modern analysis and geometry.

Module Summary

Topology is an elegant and abstract subject that arose from disparate sources but is now fundamental in analysis and geometry. One way of viewing topology is to say it answers the question: what are the last features of a subset on n-dimensional Euclidean space to discover when one progressively deforms space? Another approach would be through the question: what do the many limiting procedures in mathematics have in common? It turns out that just three axioms are enough to produce a rich subject which provides the right setting in which to understand both the local aspects of sets and mappings (such as continuity) and the global aspects (such as the overall nature of a set).

Outline Of Syllabus

Topological spaces. Open sets, closed sets, neighbourhoods. Interior, closure, boundary. Nets and convergence. Continuous functions, homeomorphisms. Separation axioms. Connected spaces, Compact spaces, Locally compact spaces.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Problem Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Revision Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Formal Lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study581:0058:00Preparation time for lectures, background reading, coursework review
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0015:00Completion of in course assessments
Jointly Taught With
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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods are appropriate to allow students to develop a wide range of skills, from understanding basic concepts and facts to higher-order thinking.

Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work. Problem Classes are used to help develop the students’ abilities at applying the theory to solving problems.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M5Problem-solving exercises assessment
Prob solv exercises2M5Problem-solving exercises assessment
Prob solv exercises2M5Problem-solving exercises assessment
Prob solv exercises2M5Problem-solving exercises assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. The format of the examination will enable students to reliably demonstrate their own knowledge, understanding and application of learning outcomes. The assurance of academic integrity forms a necessary part of the programme accreditation.

Exam problems may require a synthesis of concepts and strategies from different sections, while they may have more than one ways for solution. The examination time allows the students to test different strategies, work out examples and gather evidence for deciding on an effective strategy, while carefully articulating their ideas and explicitly citing the theory they are using.

The coursework assignments allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; these assessments have a secondary formative purpose as well as their primary summative purpose.

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