STEP - Processes

Module Objectives

  1. Introduce students to science and engineering career opportunities.
  2. Develop deeper understandings of science concepts through analysis of applications.
  3. Develop vocabulary needed to converse in the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries.
  4. Develop skills needed to explore high-tech concepts independently.

Major Understandings

  1. Integrated circuits are fabricated using a re-entrant manufacturing process, layer-by-layer.
  2. Major manufacturing processes include lithography, clean, etching, diffusion, and film deposition.
  3. Each of these processes requires the combination of science concepts from a variety of backgrounds.

Module Outline

Activity Understandings Addressed Bloom's Taxonomy Format Resources Time (per)
Lecture / Discussion: Fabrication Processes 1,2,3 1,2,4,5 Lecture / Discussion Process Notes, Honors Physics Essentials 3
Guided Inquiry Activity 2,3 1,2,3,4,6 Team Inquiry Students will investigate 2 articles related to recent developments in their discipline of choice, and relate their findings to the class 1
Hands-On Visit and Tour 1,2,3 1,2,3,4,5,6 Tour / Hands-On Lab Hands-on activities at RIT's SMFL facility 0.5 days

Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives in the Cognitive Domain

  1. Knowledge
  2. Comprehension
  3. Analysis
  4. Application
  5. Synthesis
  6. Evaluation


Module Content

Module content may be found under the Courses --> Honors --> Tutorials --> Microelectronics --> Processing section of this site, or from the Microelectronics chapter of Honors Physics Essentials.