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EEE3020 : Electronic Devices

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anthony O'Neill
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide to specialist knowledge of electronic devices. To enable students to have a better understanding of state-of-the-art devices (e.g. transistors). To enable students to compare competing electronic technologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

*) Introduction to electronic devices. Electronic system exemplar: smartphone. Review of semiconductor properties, sheet resistance.
*) Junctions. Metal-semiconductor junction, Schottky contact, Ohmic contact. p-n junction, LED, photodiode, Smartphone: camera, optical and electromechanical sensors.
*) MOS Junction, MOS electrostatics, depletion accumulation and inversion, MOS C-V curve.
*) MOSFET mode of operation, I-V characteristic, delay time, sub-threshold, transistor and IC cross sections.
*) CMOS: Short channel effects, impact of scaling of electrical characteristics, threshold Voltage, DIBL, scaling strategies, limits to scaling.
*) Carrier transport, transconductance degradation, mobility, velocity-field, universal mobility, field dependence.
*) MOSFET Evolution, STI and LOCOS isolation, metal and polysilicon gates, LDD, parasitics, halo doping, retrograde doping, strained Si, High-k dielectrics, physical and economic scale/complexity of semiconductor devices, evolution, ITRS.
*)III-V compound semiconductor devices, properties of silicon versus other semiconductors, MESFET, mode of operation, I-V characteristic, heterojunctions, MODFETs, I-V characteristic
*) Bipolar Transistor, dc characteristic, Early effect, Gummel plot, Bipolar evolution, heterojunction bipolar (HBT).
*) Displays, OLED, touchscreen, digitizer (smartphone)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:001hr lecture per week over 11 weeks (PIP)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam in Assessment Period
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for final exam
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00Reading activity to supplement knowledge of material taught in each week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00One online synchronous tutorial per week from second week, covering worked examples & tutorial sheet
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHY3026Electronic Devices
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provides the core material and synchronous review sessions give students the opportunity to query material taught in that week. Face-to-face lectures can be replaced with online synchronous sessions support by non-synchronous videos if the public health situation requires it.

Problem solving is introduced and practiced through synchronous tutorial sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Closed-Book Exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their ability to solve engineering problems focused on electronic devices, based on the knowledge and methodology presented in the course material.
Should it not be possible to hold the semester 1 examination due to the prevailing C-19 situation, an alternative "on-line" assessment will be held.

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