Semiconductor and Digital Electronics - EL027

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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3 15 (7.5) DR G Lu

Pre-requisites

Co-requisites:

EL024 - ELECTROMAGNETICS FOR ENGINEERS
EL025 - ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES AND MEASUREMENTS
EL026 - ANALOGUE ELECTRONICS
PH020 - ALGEBRA AND ARITHMETIC OR EQUIVALENT

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

Lecture Syllabus

SEMICONDUCTOR ELECTRONICS
Basic structure of atoms – notion of electronic energy levels in atoms
Formation of energy bands in solids
Notion of division of materials into insulators, metals and semiconductors. Resistivity
Formation of charged carriers in semiconductors. Doping. P-N junction operation
I-V characteristic curve
Zener diodes
Operation of bipolar transistor and field effect transistors
Simple FET circuits

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
Binary decisions (yes/no) (on/off)
Binary decisions dependant on other binary decisions
Truth tables
Logic gates in electronics Networks of logic gates Simple Boolian algebra Real life applications Simple Memory elements Digital numbers

Coursework

LABORATORY CLASSES
There will be 4 x 3 hour laboratory classes. The titles of the laboratory experiments are: Logic gate experiment
Transistor switch
P-N junctions
Bipolar transistor amplifier

EXAMPLES CLASSES
There will be 7 hours of examples classes. This work will be assessed by a 2 1-hour tests in conjunction with EL024, EL025 and EL026.

HOMEWORK
Digital Electronics x 1
Semiconductor Electronics x 1

Details

Contact hours

Contact hours 43, consisting of:
Lectures 22 hours
Experimental work 12 hours
Examples classes and tests 9 hours

The total student workload will be 150 hours.

Availability

This module is owned by the School of Engineering & Digital Arts

Method of assessment

Examination 70%
Assessed Laboratory work 24%
Test mark and homework 6%

Preliminary reading

See http://readinglists.kent.ac.uk

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the basic principles of operation of semiconductor diodes and transistors;
2. Understand the basic principles of digital electronics;
3. Be able to perform elementary logic arithmetic.

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