Available in 2018

Course handbook


Quantum mechanics has reshaped our view and understanding of the world in which we live. The fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics will be developed with an emphasis on how these ideas ultimately lead to an explanation of the physics of electronic devices and the design of discrete component electronic circuits.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Knowledge and understanding of QM and the Physics of Semiconductor devices.

2. Problem solving skills applied to QM and Semiconductor Devices.

3. Laboratory-based competency in QM and Semiconductor Devices.

4. An appreciation of the influence of QM on modern scientific development.

5. An interest in the role of QM and Semiconductor Physics in the everyday world.


Part 1: Quantum Mechanics

  • Waves and Particles
  • Schrodinger equation
  • Bound States
  • Expectation values & Operators
  • Unbound States
  • Three dimensional systems
  • Hydrogen Atom
  • Spin and Introduction to Atomic Physics

Part 2: Physics of semiconductors

  • Crystal Structure
  • Band theory of Solids
  • Semiconductor Theory
  • Single Junction Semiconductors & Photonics
  • Multiple Junction Semiconductors
  • Applications

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)

Assessment items

Quiz: Class Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

5 weeks includes the Introductory Lab session


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2