• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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:

  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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Computer Labs (30%) (30) [LO null]
  2. Group project (20%) (20) [LO null]
  3. Online Quizzes (10%) (10) [LO null]
  4. Final Exam (40%) (40) [LO null]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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

S.M. Sze, Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology 3e, Wiley, 2006.


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

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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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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