KD5083 - Semiconductor Physics

What will I learn on this module?

The module is aimed at providing students with core knowledge and understanding in semiconductor physics. The module also gives students an opportunity to develop professional and intellectual skills by analysing and discussing key industrial aspects of semiconductor materials applications. On completion of the module, students will be able to: 1. Explain the structure of matter and properties of solids in terms of atomic and molecular bonding. 2. Discuss how the band theory of solids arises when the Schrödinger equation is applied to the behaviour of electrons in solids. 3. Analyse the electrical and magnetic behaviour of solids in terms of the behaviour of their constituent electrons. 4. Analyse the behaviour of semiconductor materials in terms of the properties and behaviour of electrons and holes. 5. Discuss the common semiconductor materials, processing, devices and applications.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. 1. The lectures will follow an integrated approach to learning with initial information dissemination, followed by a chance to practise the application of knowledge, using a problem based learning approach, and research-based case studies. 2. Students will be instructed to read ahead in the notes and to use the reading lists for background reading. 3. Lectures may also provide a formative approach to assessment with integrated quizzes and problems to solve. 4. Seminars will be used to solve and discuss practical problems which are provided to students in advance.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module is delivered in both lectures and workshops. These provide the key academic support to the module. In addition, there are a number of support structures. The Blackboard elearning platform isused in the module to provide online access to the taught content along with links to both the reading list, relevant professional body related web sites, and other websites showing the relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. Additional support is provided in this module in the form of an on-line learning programme, such as teaching materials in YouTube and other related university teaching websites. Individual contact support -- students may visit the offices of the lecturers to get support outside of the scheduled class times

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
You will be able to: 1. explain the fundamental mechanisms of atomic and molecular bonding that result in the various states of matter and how this bonding leads to the observed behaviour of solids with particular reference to the properties of semiconductor materials and the resulting behaviour of electronic devices; 3. explain semiconductor materials, processing, and devices that have become the basis of electronic equipment and gadgets that are indispensable to modern life.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
You will be able to: 1. identify, classify and describe semiconductor devices using scientific principles, materials properties, and analytical methods; 2. apply quantitative and methods and computer software to solve physics problems.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)
You will be able to: 1. use technical literature and other information sources;

How will I be assessed?

1. This module is summatively assessed with an assignment (30%) and an examination (70%). 2. The assignment will involve an investigation of one of the key topics in the module, with multiple questions from the learning materials. 3. The examination will cover all aspects of the module and will assess the students’ abilities to solve new and unseen problems in the subject. 4. Additional formative assessment will take the form of quizzes and exercises in the lectures and seminar sessions thus providing students with opportunities to assess their own learning. 5. Formative verbal feedback on student learning will be given during the seminar classes. 6. written feedback will be provided on the coursework. 7. Feedback on examination performance will be provided both generically and individually to enable students to identify and rectify areas of weakness.





Module abstract

You will lean the core knowledge of semiconductor physics principles in this module, and you can have an opportunity to develop professional and intellectual skills by analysing and discussing key industrial aspects of semiconductor materials applications. The module will be delivered to you via a combination of lectures and seminars, providing you with the key academic support to the module, together with Blackboard e-learning platform, the reading list, related web sites and on-line learning programme. Individual contact support will provide to you outside of the scheduled class times. You will be actively engaged in research tutored learning, with recent development on light emitting displays, laser, photo-diode and solar cell devices, so that you can apply the acquired knowledge to real applications

Course info

UCAS Code F300

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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