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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof. Yongxiang Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2896

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.13

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that students have knowledge of the physics of electricity at first year undergraduate level, for example Engineering Science and Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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, optical, magnetic, 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. 

Upon 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 course is to be based on a series lectorials, tutorials, modelling and laboratory activities and demonstrations. There will be a series of pre-recorded lectures covering the stated topics. In addition, you are expected to undertake self-paced exercises in the topic material.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University's online systems, including course notes on each topic, tutorials, assessment examples and pre-recorded lecture videos prepared by the teaching staff as well as recordings of each class activity. 

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:
One multiple choice class quiz.
One class test.
One report on laboratory assignments which includes results for all experiments undertaken, is due at the end of semester.
One end-of-semester take-home written assignment.  

Assessment Tasks (showing relevant Course Learning Outcome, CLO)

Early Assessment Task: Class Test 1
Weighting 20% (twenty percent of course marks)
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Class Test 2
Weighting 25% (twenty five percent of course marks)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Report
Weighting 25% (twenty five percent of course marks)
This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 4: Written Assignment
Weighting 30% (thirty percent of course marks)
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5

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