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Postgraduate Course: Principles of Microelectronic Devices (ELEE11049)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course is to provide a understanding of the physics, fabrication technology and operation of (a) a range of advanced micro technologies and (b) contemporary electronic information displays
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesBEng or MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering degree,
or similar
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 70%; coursework 30%
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Principles of Microelectronic Devices2:00
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course the student will or will be able to:
- Understand wave-particle duality
- Solve Schroedinger's equation for electron tunnelling
- Understand the origin of free electrons, periodic potentials and energy bands
- Know about electron transport and scattering mechanisms
- Derive the density of states in 3D, 2D, 1D
- Explain the impact of design and material properties on device performance
- Know the difference between ohmic and Schottky contacts; homo- and hetero- junctions
- Use bandgap engineering to design high electron mobility transistors, low dimensional structures
- Design simple microelectromechanical systems
- Appreciate the ubiquity and diversity of Electronic Information Displays (EIDs)
- Calculate fundamental parameters of Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) such as threshold voltage and switching time
- Understand, explain and design basic passive- and active-matrix addressing schemes (and their relative advantages and disadvantages) for mainstream LCD and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technologies
- Understand the manufacturing process for LCD, OLED and Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technologies
- Understand the underlying technology of emerging technologies such as microdisplays and electronic paper
- Assess the potential of emerging technologies such as microdisplays and electronic paper
- Choose an appropriate display technology to suit the constraints of a given application
- Have some appreciation of the part the human visual system plays in determining the quality of images displayed on an EID
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsmicroelectronics semiconductor analogue
Course organiserProf Ian Underwood
Tel: (0131 6)50 5631 / 7474
Course secretaryMrs Sharon Potter
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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