ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit provides an understanding of electron and photon behaviour as particles and as waves; properties and carrier dynamics of electrons in solids, particularly in semiconductors; the behaviour of metal/semiconductor (ohmic and Schottky) and p–n junctions; and the operation, modelling and design of diodes, transistors and photonic devices.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate how the evolution of electronic device technology has transformed industries such as energy, communications, manufacturing and medicine; (2) relate carrier transport phenomena (scattering, thermal velocity, drift, diffusion) and band structure (conductors, semiconductors and insulators) to doping, conductive properties, and electron and hole currents; (3) use Fermi-Dirac statistics (electron and hole populations), continuity equation (non-equilibrium carrier distributions), electrostatics and the depletion approximation to derive current-voltage characteristics of transistors and diodes; (4) model physical characteristics of a transistor as an electric circuit; (5) identify and explain experiment aims, methodology and outcomes orally and in a written report; and (6) demonstrate an ability to participate constructively, via meaningful contribution and respect for others' contributions, in team- or partner-based activities.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratory reports; (2) in-class quizzes; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Brett Nener
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the Engineering Science major, including (ENSC2001 Motion
and
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers)
or
(PHYS2001 Quantum Mechanics 1 and Electromagnetism
and
PHYS2002 The Physics of Particles)
Incompatibility:
ELEC2304 Physical Electronics 2
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; labs: 9 hours per semester
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