ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides an understanding of electron behaviour as particles and as waves; properties and carrier dynamics of electrons in solids, particularly in semiconductors; the behaviour of pn junctions; and the operation, modelling and design of diodes and transistors.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports; (2) group assignments; 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
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including (ENSC2001 Motion
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals)
(MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods)
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 9 hours per semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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