ELD255 - Semiconductor Devices

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Subject Title
Semiconductor Devices

Subject Description
This course provides an introduction to the electronic devices at the heart of all modern technology. It explores characteristics, principles and applications for diodes (rectifier, Zener and LED), transistors (BJT, FET and MOSFET) and operational amplifiers (Op-amps). This is a strongly lab-centric course, with lectures focusing on the support of hands-on lab work. Circuit analysis and design are aligned with Electronic Design and Automation (EDA) flow principles including schematic capture, circuit SPICE simulation (with OrCAD), prototyping, and test and measurement. Students learn how to analyze, design, build and troubleshoot a variety of circuits including rectifier circuits, power supplies and voltage regulators, transistor switches, Common Emitter (CE) amplifiers, and open and closed loop Op-amp circuits. A lab project draws together the key elements from this course. Students emerge with comprehensive and practical hands-on experience in basic electronic device analysis and design which provides a foundation for subsequent studies.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Computer Engineering Technology program, Electronic Engineering Technology program (EET) and Electronic Engineering Technician programs (EEN).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Using appropriate mathematics and a knowledge of semiconductor theory, explain the operational principles of simple semiconductor devices including signal and Zener diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs), Field Effect Transistors (FETs) and Metal Oxide Semiconductor FETs (MOSFETs)
  2. Using appropriate mathematics and a knowledge of the behaviour of circuits to explain the DC and AC operation of simple diode, BJT and MOSFET transistor circuits, and Op-amp circuits and use these in circuit applications.
  3. Select, build and troubleshoot a variety of rectifier and voltage regulation circuits using appropriate components
  4. Select, build and troubleshoot small signal amplifier circuits using BJTs and Op-amps
  5. Select, design, build and troubleshoot transistor switches using BJTs and MOSFETs
  6. Analyze, build, test and troubleshoot basic Complementary MOS (CMOS) logic circuits.
  7. Use schematic capture and SPICE simulation tools to document, examine circuit operation and aid in design verification
  8. Use lab equipment such as Power Supplies (PS), Digital Multi-Meters (DMM), and Oscilloscopes in the construction, testing and troubleshooting of electronic circuits

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.