Course Title: Numerical Analysis of Electronic Devices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Numerical Analysis of Electronic Devices

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Professor Alireza Baghai-Wadji

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2851

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.7.16

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

All necessary notions and relevant methodological tools will be carefully and logically developed in the classroom. However, to fully understand the concepts completion of a first year physics and mathematics course is necesary. Having passed a course on the Electronics Material equivalent with EEET2260 eases understanding of the subject. 

Course Description

The course provides an introduction to the physics, and the mathematical models necessary to understand the operation of conventional semiconductor devices: PN-junction, bipolar junction transistors, and MOS transistors. The switching properties of the devices will be discussed graphically. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will learn about the physics and mathematical models to understand the operation of conventionally used semiconductor devices.

Generally, the capabilities acquired by you will include:
• Technical competence in semiconductor physics, statistical mechanics to understand the fundamental properties, and mathematical models.
• Problem solving and decision making skills related to the operation of semiconductor devices.
• Communication skills.
• Lifelong learning skills.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

(1) Understand the physical phenmena underlying the operation of semiconductor devices

(2) Develop simple physical and mathematical models to describe the operator of semiconductor devices

(3) Understand simple but relevant quantum mechanical models

(4) Understand notions of Fermi energy level, Maxwell Boltzmann statistics, Fermi-Dirac statistics, Bose-Einstein statistic, density of states

(5) Device IV-characteristics and their switching properties 

Overview of Learning Activities

See Part B of the course guide for furtehr details.

(1) Key concepts, their analysis and applications will be described in the lecture.

(2) Online notes will provide the materials discussed in the classroom; questions will be asked to test your level of understanding.

(3) Solved and unsolved problems with hints will help you to fully and actively experience the learning process and appreciate the relevance of research.

(4) Applications of ideas and concepts will be practiced in tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Extensive notes covering the materials in the lectures and tutorials will be provided online.

See also Part B of the course guide for details.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is through a 2-hour written examination, and assignments/project work.

See also Part B of the course guide.