PHYS202 Nanofab Statistics and Technology

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: STEM Department Archive

I. Course Number and Title
PHYS202 Nanofab Statistics and Technology Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
2 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
1500 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Two textbooks or handout packages will be used in this course. One will be an overview of semiconductor manufacturing and the other will cover statistics applied to process control. Hand-outs and on-line resources will be used as needed.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course will connect the educational experience at the community college with the nanofabrication capstone semester at Penn State University. Topics covered will be an overview of semiconductor manufacturing, careers in nanofabrication, and current and proposed applications of nanofabrication and the basic concepts of statistics in process control.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Industry overview and typical applications
      1. Current applications in semiconductor manufacturing
      2. Nanobiotechnology applications in the medical and pharmaceutical industries
      3. Solid state biological sensors
      4. Directions in current research
    2. Career choices in nanofabrication
      1. Types of skills required
      2. Employment opportunities
      3. Higher education possibilities in nanofabrication
    3. Overview of the nanofabrication technology
      1. Refining silicon into pure ingots
      2. Preparation of wafers
      3. Producing the layers of the integrated circuit
      4. Testing and packaging
    4. Statistical methods applied to manufacturing
      1. Mathematical elements of statistics
      2. Probability distributions
      3. Applications of distributions to manufacturing
      4. Computer statistical analysis
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction to nanofabrication
      1. History of nanofabrication
      2. Microchip industry facts
      3. Role of National Nanofabrication users Network (NNUN)
      4. Role of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership
    2. Medical and pharmaceutical applications
      1. Biochemical sensors
      2. Drug analysis and purification
      3. Microelectronic drug delivery systems
    3. Solid state sensors and devices
      1. Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology
      2. Pressure and acceleration sensors
      3. Microfluidic devices
    4. Future growth areas in nanofabrication
      1. Current research
    5. Education for nanofabrication
      1. Breakdown of technician training at the community college level
      2. Pathways to a bachelors degree in nanofabrication
      3. Professional development opportunities
    6. Skills required
      1. Types of equipment used in nanofabrication
      2. The clean room environment
    7. Employment opportunities
      1. Types of industries
      2. Job levels and salaries
    8. Basic processes of nanofabrication technology
      1. Growth of silicon ingots
      2. Wafer processing
      3. Deposition techniques
      4. Lithography
      5. Etching and planarization
      6. Testing and packaging
    9. Statistics
      1. Mean, Median and Mode
      2. Variance and standard deviation
      3. Probability
      4. Normal Distribution
    10. Statistics in process control
      1. Variation and accuracy
      2. Feedback Process Control
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Criteria for selection of text material. (See course format) Two textbooks or handout packages will be used in this course. One will be an overview of semiconductor manufacturing and the other will cover statistics applied to process control. Hand-outs and on-line resources will be used as needed.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Available upon request from the Science and Technology Department

Review/Approval Date - 3/02