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ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • 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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Brett Nener
Unit rules
(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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.