List of Free Microelectronics Courses and Classes

Online Microelectronics Course Information

Microelectronics courses are commonly found within electrical engineering programs. The free online microelectronics courses described below include much of the content of the original university courses they are based on, but do not award academic credit. Some of these resources include written lecture notes, while others provide video recordings of lectures.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT's free courses often include lecture notes, homework assignments, and exams students can use for self assessment.

  • Circuits and Electronics is an introductory course to all of electrical engineering. Students will learn about circuit abstraction, switches and MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) transistors, energy storage elements and more. The course includes video lectures, exams, assignments and labs. (One lecture from the original course is not available as a video.) It provides the link for free online supplements to the recommended textbook. OpenCourseWare users can join an online 'study group' forum to interact with each other.
  • Microelectronic Devices and Circuits teaches undergraduate students about the modeling of microelectronics, circuit designs, electrical behavior of microelectronics and more. The course materials include 25 PDFs of lecture notes, along with 13 sets of supplementary notes. There are also ten assignments and some design project materials. Three years' variants of the three exams are available, including solution sets for several of these.
  • Integrated Microelectronics Devices is a graduate-level course that explains semiconductor structures, MOS field-effect transistor and bipolar junction transistor. This course includes 39 separate lecture notes, nine homework assignments and four exams.

Open University

Users can download and print the lectures for this resource, which is a unit from the larger online course 'Engineering Small Worlds: Micro and Nano Technologies.'

  • Structural Devices teaches students how physical dimensions and material properties are related to particular behaviors and how different forces are relevant at small scales. It covers available etching methods and their characteristics, among other concepts. Divided into eight topics, the course provides a series of brief written lectures with visual aids and examples.

University of California-Berkeley

These UC-Berkeley online courses consist of video/audio lectures (recordings of actual campus-based class sessions) ranging from 1-2 hours. The available online videos may not provide the full content of the original course.

  • Introduction to Microelectronic Circuits covers circuit design, components and diagram conventions. Later lectures address Boolean logic and sequential circuits. This class has lectures of 45-50 minutes; 36 lectures are included out of a 38-lecture sequence.
  • Microelectronic Devices and Circuits covers topics like frequency response, p-n junction diodes, small-signal analysis and more. It offers 21 lectures out of 25, ranging from about 45 to about 80 minutes.
  • Digital Integrated Circuits teaches engineering students to understand and model circuits, in order to design and build a successful circuit that meets a particular project's needs. The 27 available class videos for this upper-division undergrad course are typically 80 minutes, with a few 1-hour videos.
  • Introduction to MEMS Design is a graduate-level course about microelectromechanical systems, addressing commercial applications as well as current research. It's intended to suit a broad audience, with material drawn from multiple engineering disciplines. Some videos last for 80 minutes, while others are 2 hours long. UC Berkeley began posting the recordings from its ongoing Fall 2012 class; prior years' videos may be found on YouTube.
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