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EEE3020 : Electronic Devices

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • 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 ActivitiesLecture102:0020:002hr lecture per week over 10 weeks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00preparing 3000 word report for assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities102:0020:00Reading and reflecting to supplement understanding of material taught in each week.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00completing tests from canvas
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M1003000 word written assignment assessing electronic devices.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MWeekly tests provided on canvas. I also provide answers to these tests on canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Coursework provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their knowledge and skills developed from the lecture course material.

Reading Lists