• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fiona Beck
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course provides a foundation in semiconductors: from the physics and fabrication technologies to the workings of semiconductor devices and the applications that they enable. We will uncover the physical concepts behind semiconductor material properties; investigate the basic building blocks of semiconductor devices; and generalise this to describe more complex semiconductor device applications. Finally, we take a look at the current developments and emerging trends in semiconductor technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Relate semiconductor material properties to the underlying physical concepts
  2. Analyse charge carrier dynamics in semiconductors by implementing the equations of state
  3. Relate the operation of semiconductor device building blocks (the diode and transistor) to the charge carrier action
  4. Generalise the operation of device building blocks to describe more complex semiconductor devices
  5. Work effectively within a team to investigate and communicate the physics and technology of a chosen semiconductor device
  6. Identify current developments and emerging trends in semiconductor technologies
Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional 

Indicative Assessment

Computer Labs (30%)
Group project (20%)
Online Quizzes (10%)
Final Exam (40%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Per week: 1 lecture (1hr), 1 whole-class tutorial (1hr), 1 computer lab (1.5r) + approx 4 hrs of independent study including quiz completion

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2218. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENGN6334 or PHYS3053 or PHYS6504.

Prescribed Texts

The textbook is a choice of Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication by Richard C. Jaeger, Vol V, Modular Series on Solid State Devices (Neudeck & Pierret eds), 2nd Edition, 2002 or S.M. Sze, Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology 3e, Wiley, 2006.

If you intend to undertake future semiconductor courses then the latter text is recommended.

Each student is expected to acquire the reading brick from the Office. Extensive notes on semiconductor physics & devices are provided in the reading brick. The library has many books covering semiconductor physics and technology.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7954 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions