Semiconductor Devices

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 205

       Course Name: Semiconductor Devices

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ELT 106

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course includes the study of SCR's injection transistors, Triacs, Zener diodes, LEDS, FETS and many related devices and associated circuits.  Integrated circuits are introduced.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student will learn:

  • Understand the nature of semiconductor devices.
  • Recognize the operational characteristics of semiconductor devices.
  • Use mathematical methods to model and predict the behavior of semiconductor circuits.
  • Utilize computer simulation software to model semiconductor circuits
  • Apply appropriate laboratory techniques to measure semiconductor characteristics.
  • Compile and complete a report on laboratory experiments
  • Communicate effectively in a technical and non-technical environment

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See separate page from instructor.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will include lecture and lab.  The lecture will be an informal discussion on the assigned material and related topics.  The lab experiments will be timed to reinforce ideas learned in the lecture and to learn the operation of the lab equipment.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

LAB: There will be a lab session each time the class meets. Lab booklet or lab sheets will be given. They will be periodically collected for grading. Students may work individually or in pairs. Special instructions for each experiment will be given orally.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course. [Note: the last part of this sentence – starting with “face-to-face” – may be shortened as appropriate.]

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

LAB 20%
90 - 100 A;
80 - 89 B;
70 - 79 C;
60 - 69 D;
Below 60 F

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Attendance is strongly recommended and required for doing the lab assignments.
  2. No late homework or other assignments will be accepted.
  3. A make‑up test may be given on the following session, if the student has a good excuse (sick, working, out of town, etc.).  If the student missed the make‑up test too, then he or she will be awarded the lowest class test grade, or his lowest semester test grade, whichever is lower.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.