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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ETY155 & LIN155

Topic Outline

  1.     Semiconductor Materials & PN Junctions
  2.     Rectifier and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  3.     Zener Diodes and Voltage Regulations
  4.     Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT)
  5.     BJT Biasing
  6.     BJT Small signal amplifiers
  7.     Field Effect Transistors (JFET's; D-Type and E-Type MOSFET's)
  8.     MOSFET and JFET Biasing
  9.     Switching with BJTs and MOSFETs
  10.     Operational Amplifiers:  Ideal Model and Basic Applications
  11.     Analysis and design of open loop Op-amp circuit such as comparators
  12.     Analysis and design of closed loop Op-amp circuit analysis including inverting and non-inverting, summing and difference, and instrumentation amplifiers
  13.     Circuit analysis and design for combinations of various Op-amp circuits

Mode of Instruction
Lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2
Total hours: 4

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Title: Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits, Conventional Flow, Custom Edition
Author:   Robert Paynter
Publisher:   Pearson Ed.
ISBN:   978-1-256-34597-8

Title: Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits, Conventional Flow, Seventh Edition (complete text)
Author:   Robert Paynter
Publisher:   Pearson Ed.
ISBN:   0-13-171641-7

Required Supplies
ELD Component Kit

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Lecture portion (60%)
Quizzes - 10%
Term Test 1 - 15%
Term Test 2 - 15%
Final Examination - 20%

Lab Portion (40%)
Labs - 15%
Project 5%
Two lab test: 20% (10% each)
Total - 100%

Note:  Students must obtain a passing mark in both the lab and lecture portions of this subject to receive a credit. 

Approved by: Denis Gravelle