Unit description

Extends the concepts developed in Calculus to functions of a complex variable. Group theory is also introduced. Topics from complex analysis include derivatives, Cauchy-Riemann equations, integration, power series methods, residues and poles. Topics from group theory include definition of a group and examples of groups, Lagrange's theorem.

Unit content

Complex Analysis (Topics 1 to 5) - Functions of a complex variable - Limits and continuity - Derivatives - Cauchy-Riemann equations - Analytic functions - Integration - Cauchy's theorem - Power series methods - Zeros and singularities - Residues and poles. 

Group Theory (Topics 6 to 10) - Definitions and examples of groups - Cyclic, Abelian and permutation groups - Finite and infinite groups - Lagrange's theorem - Abstract group theorems - Cosets. Subgroups.

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

  • This text is for Complex Analsyis: Wunsch, D, 2005, Complex Variables with Applications, 3rd edn, Pearson, Boston, MA.
  • This text is for Group Theory: Gallian, JA, 2013, Contemporary Abstract Algebra, 8th edn, Cengage.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hrs (4weeks)
Structured online learning NA (Self paced)
Exam: closed book50%

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