Course Title: Electronic Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electronic Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Anthony Holland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.09

Course Coordinator Availability: See office door for semester consultation times, or knock or email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides an introduction to materials and their properties that are used in the realisation of electronic devices. The materials encountered include semiconductors, dielectrics, and organic materials. The electrical, thermal and physical properties of these materials are covered with reference to their applications in electronic devices. The course will also cover typical synthesis and characterisation methods for these materials. Recent advances in the applications of these materials will be presented.

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. 

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

  1. Describe the underlying physical phenomena of semiconductor materials, dielectrics and organic materials used in electronic devices. 
  2. Understand issues related to limitations of use of different electronic materials that affect the specifications, reliability and lifetime of manufactured electronic devices. 
  3. Explain the new developments made in materials for design and fabrication of electronic devices. 
  4. Communicate findings on electronic material issues. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The subject is to be based on a series of lectures covering the stated topics, 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: 

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 Outcome, CLO)

Early Assessment Task: Class Test 1
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

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 CLOs 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: Written Examination
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

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