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 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
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

Course Coordinator: Professor Anthony Holland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.09

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The first and second year undergraduate courses (or equivalent) EEET2249 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering and EEET2255 Electronics, are the prerequisite courses. It is assumed that students have knowledge of the physics of electricity at first year undergraduate level.

Course Description

The course provides an introduction to materials 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 for will be presented.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to 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
  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. Design materials and processing of materials so they are suited to electronic manufacturing processes.
  5. Communicate findings on electronic material issues that you investigate.
  6. Work in a team environment with minimal direction from a supervisor. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is 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. 

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 is due at the end of semester.

One end-of-semester take-home written assignment. 

Assessment Tasks (showing relevant Course Learning Outcomes, CLO): 

Early Assessment Task: Class Quiz
Weighting 20% (twenty percent of course marks)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Class Test
Weighting 25% (twenty five percent of course marks)
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5

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.