2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019

Unit aim

Introduces students to the theory, techniques and applications of linear algebra. Topics include matrices and determinants, vectors, vector and inner product spaces, linear transformations.

Unit content

Topics 1 and 2: Matrices and determinants - Matrix definitions and operations - Inverse matrices - Determinants, evaluation and properties - Diagonal, triangular and symmetric matrices.

Topics 3 and 4: Vectors - Definitions - Basic operations and algebra of vectors.

Topics 5 to 8: Vector spaces Euclidean and general vector spaces and subspaces - Linear independence - Basis and dimension - Linear transformations.

Topic 9: Inner product spaces - Inner product - Orthonormal bases.

Topic 10: Eigenvalues and eigenvectors - Eigenvalues and eigenvectors - Diagonalisation and orthogonal diagonalisation.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Anton, H & Rorres, C, 2014, Elementary linear algebra with applications, 11th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (8 weeks)
Applied and theoretical problems. Mathematical calculations25%
Applied and theoretical problems. Mathematical calculations25%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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