Course Title: Semiconductor Device Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Semiconductor Device Physics

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2046

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2016

EEET2046

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2019

EEET2152

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

EEET2152

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

EEET2605

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2019

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Anthony Holland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2150

Course Coordinator Email: anthony.holland@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.09

Course Coordinator Availability: see office door for semester consultation times or just knock


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No formal prerequisite courses. Ideally you should have a background in physics at undergraduate level.


Course Description

The course will focus on the physics of semiconductor devices and the principles of their operation. The courses will give you a solid understanding of aspects of electrical conduction in semiconductors. The major part of the course will be focused on current transport across semiconductor junctions, ohmic and Schottky junctions, pn diodes and the fundamentals of transistor electrical behaviour. The use of transistor devices and their design and optimisation for integrated circuit applications, nanoscale transistor dimensions and their effects as well as the physical limits to the scaling of semiconductor devices will be presented. The course will give students a clear understanding of the origins of the models used for designing semiconductor devices by appropriately describing relevant aspects of quantum mechanics and how to use this knowledge to optimise electronic components. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

 


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the basic theory and operation of semiconductor devices used for integrated circuit applications.
  2. Describe the techniques used in optimising semiconductor device design. 
  3. Communicate findings through written reports.
  4. Work in a team environment with minimal direction from a supervisor.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The subject is to be based on a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory activities and demonstrations. In addition, you are expected to undertake self paced exercises in the topic material. In summary, the delivery methods will cover the following:

Lecture or equivalent material presentations;

Tutorials

Supervised laboratory activities and demonstrations,

Self-paced exercises and problem solving.
  

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online systems, including lecture notes, tutorials, assessment examples and videos prepared by the teaching staff.

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

 

 



 


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment for this course comprises: Two class tests, a report on laboratory assignments and an end of semester examination (two hours duration).

Assessment tasks (showing relevant Course Learning Outcomes - CLO)

Early Assessment Task: Class Test 1

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,

Assessment Task 2: Class Test 2

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 3,4

Assessment 4: Written Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3

Students will receive feedback on their progress in the course following the class tests and laboratory practice.