Materials 3Q03

Materials for Electronic Applications



Instructor: Office: Extension: E-mail:
Dr. M. Niewczas ABB 449 23498



Tus, Wed, Fri 9:30am in ETB 228



  1. Principles of Solar Cells, LEDs and Diodes: the role of the pn junction, 2011, John Wiley, by Adrian Kitai. 
  2. Other supplementary material to be handed out in class.

Course Objectives:

The objective is to provide the students an advanced knowledge of the various materials used in a variety of electronic applications ranging from semiconductor integrated circuits to light emitting diodes, semiconductor lasers, telecommunication devices (filters, wave guides, transducers, etc.). The course will provide a fundamental understanding of the electronic properties of the materials used in electronic applications and introduce the students to fabrication methods of electronic circuits and packaging.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • understand the physics of materials used for electronic devices
  • identify resources providing information on electronic material development.
  • understand the fundamental properties at the basis of the choice of electronic materials.
  • understand selected fabrication techniques and differences in fabrication methods.
  • communicate effectively findings related to short projects on fabrication processes, web searches, through presentations to the class

There will be two midterm tests, 5 assignments and a short classroom presentation on a topic relating to electronic materials.  In addition there is a classroom participation component that can be waived at the option of each student.  There will be no assignment grading.


This course may be taken is two modes.  In Mode A attendance at lectures is expected.  In Mode B attendance at lectures is optional.

Mode A:

Final grade is evaluated as follows:

Midterm tests 25%
Classroom participation 15%
Final exam 45%
Class presentation 15%

Classroom participation will be determined as follows:

  1. Two student representatives will be responsible for submitting a class participation grade to the instructor.
  2. The class participation grade will include a component connected to attendance which will be taken at each lecture.  How attendance factors into the participation grade will be determined by the student representatives in conjunction with the students.
  3. A further component of the class participation grade will be determined by student performance as judged by the other students during homework problem presentations.  At the beginning of each lecture a student will take up one homework problem for the first 10 minutes of each lecture.  All students in Mode A will have a chance to present a homework problem.
  4. The TAs will be available to help students who are presenting homework solutions.  TAs will also help with midterm tests and laboratories.  TAs will be responsible for preparing complete homework solutions that will be made available to all students.
  5. Mode A is the default mode for all students and is recommended.  Students who wish to leave Mode A must act before the third week of classes begins.

Mode B:

Final grade is evaluated as follows:

Midterm tests  25%
Final exam 60%
Class presentation 15%

  1. Classroom attendance is optional (except for the class presentation) however attendance at as many lectures as possible is highly recommended.
  2. Students who elect Mode B must see instructor to confirm their decision before the start of week 3 of the course.
  3. As with Mode A students, Mode B students must attend all laboratories in person, do the labs, and hand in satisfactory lab reports.
  4. Mobe B students must do their classroom presentation in person in class.


Measurement of Attributes:

In addition to grades, a set of learning attributes for this course will be measured using a set of rubricks and a series of indicators.  These measurements will not determine or influence grades in any way.
The following attributes will be measured for this course:
Eng Phys 3Q03 grad attributes

Knowledge Base: 

Will take a few good questions on final, ones that test the learning outcomes identified for the course, and as I’m grading keep track of how the students are doing in a rubric.

Below Expectations
(0-4 Points)

(5-6 Points)

Meets Expectations          
(7-8 Points)

Exceeds Expectations
(8-10 Points)

 Then include a BRIEF description of what improvement I will make based on the results.


Communication Skills:

Class presentations will be displayed in a rubric similar to below




Graded by/Date:


Below Expectations
(0-4 Points)

(5-6 points)

Meets Expectations
(7-8 Points)

Exceeds Expectations
(8-10 Points)



Attribute: Communication Skills


Ideas presented in poor logical order Presentation is unclear, not concise complete & understood.

Marginally well presented
Presentation is only marginally clear and complete

- Most ideas presented in logical order. Presentation is only partly clear, concise complete & understood

-  All ideas presented in logical order Presentation is clear, concise complete & understood