ECE 630 - Physics and Models of Semiconductor Devices


Guo-Xing Miao, room RAC2-1120, telephone extension 31188, email:

Class schedule

Wednesdays from 11:30am - 2:20pm from September 8 to November 30 in room EIT 3151

Course description

Covers the basics of semiconductor physics. Physical principles and operation of p-n junctions, metal/semidconductor contacts, MOS capacitors, MOS field-effect transistors, and related optoelectronic devices. Short-channel MOSFETs, modern MOSFETs, and future transistor technologies.


Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Sze S.M. and Ng Kwok K., Wiley publications

Grading scheme

  • 4 marked assignments:

    Weeks of September 21, October 5, November 2, and November 16, due on the following week’s Friday -- Turn in the completed assignments either at one of the lectures or to my office by the end of Friday (EIT 4009, slide under the door in case the instructor is not in the office). Late homework not accepted. Marked assignments can be picked up in any of the office hours.

  • Midterm exam: time and location to be announced
  • Final exam: time and location to be announced
  • Final grading:
    Assignments 20% (5% each)
    Midterm 30%
    Final exam 50%

Closed-book exams, only simple calculators allowed. Major formula will be provided. All the collected assignments / exams will be scanned and saved digitally for future references.

Additional university policies

  • Academic integrity: In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.  All new graduate students must complete this module.
  • Grievance: A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4. When in doubt please be certain to contact the department’s administrative assistant who will provide further assistance.
  • Discipline: A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity to avoid committing an academic offence, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offence, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offences (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about “rules” for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course instructor, academic advisor, or the undergraduate Associate Dean. For information on categories of offences and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71, Student Discipline. For typical penalties check Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties.
  • Appeals: A decision made or penalty imposed under Policy 70 (Student Petitions and Grievances) (other than a petition) or Policy 71 (Student Discipline) may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72 (Student Appeals).
  • Note for students with disabilities: The AccessAbility Services, located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the AccessAbility Services at the beginning of each academic term.
  • Plagiarism detection software (Turnitin) will be used to screen assignments in this course. This is being done to verify that use of all material and sources in assignments is documented. In the first week of the term, details will be provided about the arrangements for the use of Turnitin in this course.

    Note: students must be given a reasonable option if they do not want to have their assignment screened by Turnitin. See the University of Waterloo Turnitin webpage for more information.