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ELEX 7140 - Semiconductor Theory and Applications

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

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Course Details

This course is an introduction to semiconductor and electronic devices. Crystal properties of semiconductor materials will be described. After a review of the Bohr model and quantum mechanics Schrodinger equation will be solved. Energy bands and charge carriers in semiconductors will be described. Theory of forward-and reverse-biased p-n junction and transistor will be presented. Operation of field effect transistor will be explained. There will be experiments to relate theory to the electronic devices.


ELEX 7040





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 73976

Thu Jan 06 - Thu Apr 07 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Apr 07 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 1205


Muhammad Ahmed

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Labs and tutorials to be scheduled outside of class hours on Saturdays, on a schedule to be determined on the first day of class. Registrants who are not BTech Electronics students must have approval from the program head. Please contact Katie Howard at 604-432-8237 or for more information, or to be placed on a wait-list if the course is full. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a Part-time Studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course the student should be able to do the following:

  • Explain semiconductor crystal lattices and be able to build a model.
  • Describe model of an atom.
  • Describe quantum mechanics and Schrodinger wave equation.
  • Describe atomic structure, describe energy bands and charge carriers in semiconductors.
  • Explain carrier concentrations and Fermi level.
  • Explain drift and diffusion carriers.
  • Describe theory of forward and reverse biased p-n junction and transistors.
  • Explain operation of a field-effect transistor.

Effective as of Winter 2007

Related Programs

ELEX 7140 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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