Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Semiconductor Technology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Examination  70%
Semester Assessment Technical Report  20%
Semester Assessment Examples Sheet  10%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written Examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physics of semiconductor junctions.
2. Explain the role of charge transport and light-matter interaction in the operation of semiconductor devices.
3. Critically review the complete route from the initial materials to the production of electronic and optoelectronic devices.
4. Critically analyse the technical issues involved in the production of practical devices.
5. Critically analyse characterisation methods for semiconductor materials and devices.
6. Critically evaluate the future direction of semiconductor device technology.

Brief description

In this module, semiconductor physics introduced in PH32410 will be developed and applied to semiconductor devices. The physics of electronic and optoelectronic devices will be developed, including novel structures leading from advances in semiconductor research. The module will introduce students to the technology of production and processing of discrete and integrated semiconductor devices.


- Semiconductor interfaces
- Charge distribution and energy band diagrams
- Light absorption and emission
- Electronic and optoelectronic devices
- Detectors and sensors
- Novel devices
- Semiconductor fabrication
- Device design and processing
- Device characterisation

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Assessments will include numerical problems
Communication Written communication using appropriate scientific and technological terminology and style
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent learning and critical assessment of appropriate literature
Information Technology Design and evaluation packages
Personal Development and Career planning Relevance for 4 of the 6 EU Key Enabling Technologies (KET): micro and nanoelectronics, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing
Problem solving Calculations in assessments
Research skills Critical evaluation of science and technology resources
Subject Specific Skills Application of key physics concepts to semiconductor technology
Team work Group discussions


This module is at CQFW Level 6