EE315 Semiconductor Electronics









There is any number of suitable textbooks for this course. Below are the most common and there are sufficient numbers hidden away in the bowels of the library that a purchase should not be necessary. If you really want to by a book I’d suggest either Kittel or Myers as these can be bought easily enough second hand off amazon.


Introduction to Solid State Physics, C. Kittel, Wiley.                                         7 copies in library

Introductory Solid State Physics, H.P. Myers, Taylor & Francis.                       7 copies in library

Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, S. O. Kasap, McGraw-Hill.       3 copies in library

Physical Foundations of Solid State and Electron Devices, A. M. Ferendeci.





NOTE: Laboratory exercises start in week 1 of the semester. Please purchase the laboratory manual in the campus bookshop before the first laboratory session.


Laboratory Exercise



Report Due





1. The Photoelectric Effect




2. Potential Barriers in Semiconductor Diodes




3. Crystal Structure and X-ray Diffraction




4. Repeat Session





For each assignment there will be a deadline, by which your type written report must be submitted. Reports submitted after the deadline, except for legitimate reasons, will not be accepted and the student will be issued with a grade of 0% for that assignment.


Please ensure that your demonstrator's signature is on the FRONT PAGE of each report along with your name and student ID number.


You must submit an individual report. This is to ensure the validity of each report. However you are encouraged to work together. Submission of the report without a valid signature will mean that the assignment will be allocated a grade of 0%.


Your demonstrator will be Mr. Xu Lu.


A repeat session has been included in week 4 of the semester. This session is only for those students that have missed a previous lab session for a valid reason and would like to submit a report. To facilitate this session, please contact me in advance.




The examination will follow the same format as in 2005 and 2004. Please consult the DCU website for past papers. Please note that negative marking will not be applied in the examination.


Final mark = 20 % Laboratory exercises & 80 % Examination paper. 




These will be dealt with as they arise during lectures.