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Code EL 204
Term 201202
Title Semiconductor Physics and Devices
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Microelectronics(EL)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Cem Ozturk,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Recitation
Planned Learning Activities Learner centered

This course begins with a substantive treatment of the fundamental behavior of semiconductor materials and moves on to the semiconductor diode, the bipolar transistor, and field-effect transistor devices. Building upon these concepts, their operations, biasing, small- and large-signal models are analyzed. Laboratory exercises are provided to reinforce the theory of operation of these devices.


The primary objective of this course is to provide students with the fundamental physical and electronic properties of semiconductor materials and the operation principles of most common semiconductor devices used in electronic circuits.Starting from the solid structure of semiconductors, the course aims to examine the basic physical processes taking place in semiconductor devices and their relation to the performance parameters of device operation.

Learning Outcome

1. Understanding the fundamental physical properties of semiconductors.
2. Learning the basic tools for the analysis of semiconductor devices
3. Comprehensive understanding of the derivation of I-V relationships used in electronic circuit analysis of fundamental building blocks of semiconductor ICs.
4.Learning the derivation of the small-signal model for 4 terminal semiconductor devices, and the relationship between the circuit parameters and the physical architecture of these devices
5.Understanding the differences between ideal equations used in board-level circuit analysis and CAD based IC design
6.An overall understanding of VLSI design hierarchy,, and the basic relationship between electronic device structure and modeling

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5
4 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 2
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 2
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 5
2 Design and conduct research, do experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data. 4
3 Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. 5
4 Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 5
5 Analyze, design and model engineering systems, components and processes. 5
Materials Science and Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 5
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5
Electronics Engineering Program Outcomes Core Electives
1 Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and/or statistics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software. 5
2 Analyze and design communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software using advanced knowledge on differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 50
Homework 10
Recommended or Required Reading

Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, R.F.Pierret