Semiconductor Devices and Circuits

Course Number: EET 221
Transcript Title: Semiconductor Devices/Circuits
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 26, 2022
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

Course Description

Examines the construction, theory of operation, and application of semiconductor devices including diodes (rectifier, zener, LED, photo), bipolar junction transistors (BJTs), metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs), and insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). Covers semiconductor circuit applications including rectification, amplification, and switching. Prerequisite: EET 113. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify various types of diodes and transistors, explain their theory of operation, and contrast their applications.
  2. Apply electrical concepts to analyze circuits containing semiconductor components.
  3. Build and troubleshoot circuits with diodes and transistors using instrumentation tools to observe circuit characteristics and computer software to model circuits.
  4. Gather, plot, interpret, and communicate data from analysis and experiments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment methods are to be determined by the instructor. Typically, in class exams and quizzes, and homework assignments will be used. Lab work is typically assessed by a lab notebook, formal lab reports, performance of experiments, and possibly a lab exam.

Texts and Materials

  • Semiconductor Devices: Theory and Application by James M. Fiore

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Identify various types of diodes and transistors, explain their theory of operation, and contrast their applications.
  • p-type and n-type material
    • doping
    • PN junctions
  • rectifier diode
    • diode curve
    • biasing
    • rectification
  • zener diode
    • zener drop out
    • voltage regulation
  • light emitting diode
  • photo diode
  • bipolar junction transistor (BJT)
    • NPN versus PNP
    • cutoff and saturation
    • load line and Q point
    • amplifying
    • switching
  • metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET)
    • enhancement mode
    • depletion mode
  • insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT)
  • datasheets
Outcome #2: Apply electrical concepts to analyze circuits containing semiconductor components.
  • diode biasing circuits
  • half-wave rectifier
  • full-wave rectifier
  • single phase AC bridge rectifier
  • three phase AC half and full wave rectifiers
  • filtering/limiting/level-shifting circuits
  • clippers/clampers
  • voltage regulation circuits
  • transistor biasing circuits
  • transistor amplifiers
  • transistor switching circuits
Outcome #3: Build and troubleshoot circuits with diodes and transistors using instrumentation tools to observe circuit characteristics and computer software to model circuits.
  • Instrumentation: oscilloscope, DMM, function generator, power supply
  • Circuits: diode biasing circuits, single and three phase rectifiers, filtering circuits, voltage regulation circuits, transistor biasing circuits, transistor amplifiers, transistor switching circuits
  • Software: Multisim
Outcome #4: Gather, plot, interpret, and communicate data from analysis and experiments.
  • Record and plot data from lab findings, interpret
  • Use graphs to represent circuit solutions
    • load lines
    • operation point