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Undergraduate Course: Microelectronics 2 (ELEE08020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objective of the course is to introduce the concepts underlying device operation and fabrication. Students will gain an appreciation of the basic semiconductor properties relevant to device operation and fabrication, and an understanding of the operation of the pn junction diode and transistors, together with their properties, such as I-V characteristics.
Course description Part 1: Semiconductor theory

Part 2: IC fabrication and the pn junction diode

Part 3: Transistors
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Electrical Engineering 1 (ELEE08001) OR Physics 1B: The Stuff of the Universe (PHYS08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate and work with a knowledge and understanding of the principles and terminology of semiconductor physics and semiconductor devices.
  2. Use prior knowledge of mathematical tools (algebraic manipulation, calculus) and fundamental electrical theory to derive and work with mathematical relationships to be used as models predicting the observed interrelations between important semiconductor parameters such as conductivity, carrier concentration, mobility and temperature. Also to use the same background and tools to understand and derive the mathematical relations describing the operating characteristics of semiconductor devices, including diodes, photodiodes, and transistors.
  3. Evaluate, integrate and analyse the knowledge and understanding gained from 1 and 2, to develop a broad qualitative understanding of some more complex semiconductor and device behaviours, and to be able describe them in physically accurate terms.
  4. Integrate knowledge of semiconductors and devices to understand and be able to describe qualitatively the technology and sequencing of processes required to fabricate semiconductor devices.
Reading List

Semiconductor Devices, Physics and Technology
Simon Sze, Ming-Kwei Lee
3rd Edition, International Student Version
Wiley (2013)
ISBN: 978-0-470-87367-0


Electronic Devices and Circuits
Theodore F. Bogart, Jeffrey S. Beasley & Guillermo Rico
6th Edition
Prentice Hall (2003)
ISBN: 978-0-131-11142-4

Microelectronic Devices
Keith Leaver
2nd Edition
Imperial College Press (1997)
ISBN: 978-1-86094-020-0 / 978-1-86094-013-2

Principles of Analog Electronics
Giovanni Saggio
1st Edition
CRC Press (2014)
ISBN: 978-1-4665-8201-9

The Solid State
H.M. Rosenberg
3rd Edition
Oxford University Press (1992)
ISBN: 0-19-851870-6

Introduction to Solid State Physics
Charles Kittel
8th Edition
Wiley (2005)
ISBN: 0-471-41526-X

Introduction to the Physics of Electrons in Solids
Brian K. Tanner
Cambridge University Press (1996)
ISBN: 0-521-23941-9 / 0-521-28358-2
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Les Haworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 5624
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Davie
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073
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