Principles of Semiconductor Devices

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Course overview


ECTS Credits 5   op
Language of instruction FI.



Spring semester period 3

Learning outcomes

1. will be able to explain physical phenomena in semiconductor materials and junctions; describe main types and characteristics of semiconductor diodes and transistors

2. will be able to explain physical principles of operation and to estimate ideal characteristics of the devices


Junctions. Semiconductor diodes and lasers. Bipolar junction transistors. Field effect transistors. Switching devices.

Mode of delivery

Will be notified in the beginning of lectures.

Learning activities and teaching methods

Will be notified in the beginning of lectures.

Target group

Second year electrical engineering students

Prerequisites and co-requisites

521104P Introduction to materials physics.

Recommended optional programme components

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading

Lecture notes (in Finnish). Book: Streetman, B.: Solid state electronic devices, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 2000 (chapters 5 - 8, 11).

Assessment Methods and criteria

Will be notified in the beginning of lectures.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible Hagberg Juha Peräntie Jani
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Other information


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