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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 p-n junction diode and transistors, together with their properties, such as I-V characteristics.
Course description Part 1: Semiconductor theory

Part 2: IC fabrication

Part 3: The pn junction diode

Part 4: Transistors
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  180
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Exam

If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
Feedback Feedback and discussion available in weekly seminars. Marking and feedback immediately available after formative class test in week 11. Office hours are also available for one-to-one feedback.
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

Solid State Electronic Devices
Ben Streetman & Sanjay Banerjee
7th edition
Pearson (2014)
ISBN-13: 9780133356038


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
Additional Class Delivery Information Delivered by Dr Philip Hands and Dr. Jamie Marland
Course organiserDr Philip Hands
Tel: (0131 6)50 7473
Course secretaryMs Brunori Viola
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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