Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr N Ramakrishnan


The unit introduces basic theory behind the organic electronics and micro technologies related to micro sensors, micro actuators and organic devices such as Organic LED's (OLED's). The topics include study of materials used in organic electronics and MEMS, study of their electrical and mechanical properties, basic structures in micro devices such as cantilever beams and comb structures, the fabrication techniques involved in manufacturing micro and nano structures, and measurement techniques suitable for characterizing micro devices. Examples will include principles of physical sensors; piezoelectric effect based microsensors; chemical microsensors; OLED devices; MEMS and microsystems computer based simulations. An elementary part of the unit will be the laboratory exercises and project work to produce micro devices and construct suitable electronic circuits/simulate to demonstrate their applications.


At the completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • interpret and summarize the principles, instrumentation, theory, mathematical models, simulation techniques, fabrication and manufacturing techniques related to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Organic electronics based devices
  • design and develop simple MEMS devices, organic electronic devices (Such as Organic Light Emitting Diode) and theoretical models involving multiphysics
  • select suitable electronic components and develop simple MEMS or Organic electronic device based systems, evaluate structural and material properties of Micro/Nano devices through simulation studies
  • summarize fundamentals of nanotechnology and propose research opportunities in designing Micro technologies


Quizzes: 10%
Laboratory work: 30%
Project: 10%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Hurdle Requirements: Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (quizzes, laboratory work, and project) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Lectures: 3 hours per week
Tutorials: 1 hour per week
Laboratory: 2 hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)


ENG1030 and ECE 2061