ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
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.
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
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
Prerequisites:
(ENSC2001 Motion or ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals) and (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods) and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 9 hours per semester
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