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 Course Title:   Introduction to Semiconductor Devices


 Department:    MANF

 Course #:    135

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    150303

 EPC:    630

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Introduction to basic semiconductor theory and operation, including diodes, LEDs, bipolar transistors, FETs and operational amplifiers.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Expand the individual's competence in the related educational areas of:
    • Oral and written communication.
    • Human relations and worldwide multicultural business practices.
    • Mathematics and critical thinking.
    • Teamwork and collaborative research.
  2. Measure and record diode resistance in a forward and reverse bias condition.
  3. Construct and analyze driver circuits using NPN and PNP transistors.
  4. Construct and analyze switching circuits using NPN and PNP transistors.
  5. Access needed information effectively, efficiently,ethically, and legally.
  6. Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific design.
  7. Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, prioritizing, and time management to specific projects.
  8. Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematic princples to solve problems.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Departmental standards on laboratory conduct, reporting, and safety.
  2. Semiconductor Physics.
    • Atomic structure.
    • Manufacturing methods.
  3. Diodes.
    • Forward bias.
    • Reverse bias.
  4. Bipolar Transistors.
    • NPN: a. Forward bias; b. Reverse bias.
    • PNP: a. Forward bias; b. Reverse bias.
    • Characteristic curves: a. Load line analysis; b. Gain analysis
  5. Circuits.
    • Rectifiers.
    • Drivers.
    • Switches.