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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ENGI3481: Power Semiconductor Devices

Department: Engineering

ENGI3481: Power Semiconductor Devices

Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to H100


  • ENGI2181


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • To introduce the basic concepts of materials for electronic devices and physics of semiconductor devices including material structure, band theory, junction phenomena and devices.
  • To equip students with knowledge of power electronic devices suitable for use in modern power converters.
  • To study the analytical development and fabrication of a transistor through the use of modelling software.


  • Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Modelling of Electronic Devices.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering concepts, principles, theories and mathematics relevant to Semiconductor Physics and Devices;
  • Practical application of engineering principles
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to critically analyse, evaluate and interpret engineering data;
  • On completion of the module, students will be able to apply specialised engineering knowledge to the solution of complex problems in an engineering or industrial context;
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  • Numerical skills appropriate to an engineer;
  • Time and resource management;
  • General problem solving skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The courses in Semiconductor Physics and Devices are taught in lectures and reinforced by embedded problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability. Assessment is through written examination which enables each student to demonstrate an ability to analyse and solve new problems.
  • Students are able to make use of staff Office Hours to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one to one basis. These are sign-up sessions available for up to one hour per week.
  • The coursework in Modelling of Electronic Devices is based in the Department of Engineering. Students are faced with new and complex problems which provide the opportunity for them to enhance their problem solving skills with a particular emphasis on industrial relevance. Assessment is by written report.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 42 2 per week 1 hour 42
Modelling lectures 3 1 per week 1 hour 3
Modelling Laboratory sessions 5 1 per week 2 or 3 hours 12
Laboratories 1 Typically 1 per week 3 hours 3
Office hours as required weekly sign-up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Preparation, reading and self study 132
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 100% none
Component: Examinations Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examinations 2 hours 100% None

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University