EECS 174 Semiconductor Devices (2014-2015)

EECS 174 Semiconductor Devices

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for EE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 174 Semiconductor Devices (Credit Units: 4) Metal-semiconductor junctions, diodes, bipolar junction transistors, MOS structures, MOSFETs, CMOS technology, LEDs, and laser diodes. Prerequisite: EECS170A. Electrical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0201543933.

Recommended Textbook:

Henry P. Lee
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC e, EAC f, EAC g, EAC h, EAC i, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Describe the relationship between electron transport properties and operation of devices. (EAC a, EAC e)

2. Understand basic quantum mechanics. (EAC a, EAC e)

3. Describe the operation of FETs. photodetectors, lasers, and quantum dots. (EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC e, EAC g, EAC h, EAC i, EAC k)

4. Describe the current trends in the business and technology of semiconductor devices. (EAC a, EAC e, EAC f, EAC j)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic freshman physics
  • Sophomore differential calculus
  • Basic semiconductor devices
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Carrier Transport
  • MOS Transistors
  • Heterojunction Transistors
  • Photodetectors
  • Semiconductor Lasers
  • Quantum Dots
  • Nano-size Semiconductor Devices
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Use of MATLAB or MathCAD is encouraged. Tutorial sessions are offered if needed.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Electrical Engineering Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Design content includes sketches of designs and supporting analysis.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Home work: 25%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Class Quizzes: 25%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr