RECOMMENDED TRACKS FOR EE STUDENTS

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RECOMMENDED TRACKS FOR EE STUDENTS




Table 1 : Recommended Track
s

in Bioelectronic Systems

















The numbers in brackets indicate which semester the module is offered.





Notes on the reco
mmended track
s

in Bioelectronic Systems


(1)

Biomedical Sy
stems

This track is useful for those who wish to establish their career or proceed to higher studies in the field of biomedical
systems. After an exposure to signal and image processing principles, concepts and applications in biomedical systems
will be in
troduced. The student will acquire knowledge and design skills in the important areas of measuring and
processing physiological signals, sensors, bioeletronics, medical imaging, and bioMEMs. These courses will also
provide a strong foundation for those who

which to pursue research in biomedical engineering.



(2) Computational Sensory Systems

This track is useful for those interested in learning more about the synergy between the biological and engineering
approaches to the study of sensory systems. The s
tudent will be introduced to the neural circuits that underlie

biological
sensory systems, learn about ways to characterize the performance of biological systems, and discover novel ways in
which artificial systems may contribute to, and benefit from, the
understanding of their biological counterparts. These
insights will enable students to pursue careers in the research and development of sensory systems.





BIOS1

Biomedical Systems


EE3101 Digital Signal Processing
(1 or 2)

EE3206 Intro to Computer Vision & Image Proc
(1)

EE3601 Bio
-
Instrumentation & Signal Analysis (1)

EE4601 Sensors for Medical Applications (1)

EE4603 Biomedical Im
aging Systems (2)

EE4604 Biological Perception in Digital Media (1)

BN4404 BioMEMS (2)


BIOS
2

Computational Sensory

Systems


EE3101 Digital Signal Processing (1 or 2)

EE3206 Introduction to Comp Vision and Image
Processing (1)

EE3601 Bio
-
Instrumentation and Signal Analysis (1)

EE4212 Computer Vision (2)

EE4213 Image Processing (2)

EE
4305 Introduction to Fuzzy/Neural Systems (1)

EE4604 Biological Perception in Digital Media (1)


2


Table
2

: Recommended Tracks in Communications Engineering















The numbers in bracket
s indicate which semester the module is offered.


1

These

are important fundamental modules that are strongly recommended for careers in Communications
engineering.



Notes on the recommended tracks in Communications Engineering


W
ireless
Communications


T
he recommended modules are aimed at preparing students who plan to launch a career in the area of Wireless
Communications. Students reading modules EE3101, EE4102 and EE4103 would gain fundamental knowledge in
communication signal processing and transmissi
on techniques that are essential to all communication engineers. Other
modules listed serve to enlarge the scope of fundamental knowledge so as to prepare students to face challenges in the design

and development of digital mobile radio systems. Potential
employers include communication service providers,
communication equipment manufacturers and military organizations. This does not preclude other organizations where
reliable wired or wireless communications systems are involved. Finally, students who plan

to pursue graduate studies in the
area of communications should find themselves academically prepared.

COMM1

Wireless
Communications

EE3101 Digital Signal Processing

1

(1

or 2
)

EE3103 Communications
1


(1)

EE3407 Analog Electronics
1

(
1

or 2
)

EE4112 High Frequency Techniques (1)

EE4113 Digital Communications & Coding
1


(1)

EE4109 Spread Spectrum Communications



3

Table
3

: Recommended Tracks in Computer Engineering & Information Processing






























+

(1 or
2) means that the module is offe
red every semester

and hence may be taken in any semester
.


Notes on the recommended tracks in Computer Engineering & Information Processing


(1)

Networking & Distributed Systems

This stream is for those wishing to have their career in the networking and/or d
istributed systems areas, e.g. wireless
networks, high
-
speed networks, multimedia delivery, grid computing and storage area networks. The student has a good
chance to study both the theoretical and practical aspects of networking and distributed systems. S
everal important
analytical tools are covered in CS3233. Operating systems play an important role in networking and distributed
systems and are covered in CS2016 and CS3221. Exposure to fundamental and advanced courses on Computer
Networking I and II and

Real
-
Time Embedded Systems will enrich the understanding of the entire domain with hands
-
on exercises. These modules also provide a strong foundation for those who intend to pursue a higher degree in this
field.


(2)

Embedded systems

This stream will suit tho
se who wish to have a challenging software and hardware career. Exposure to software
engineering is through a formal course on software engineering. Using the knowledge acquired in the software
engineering course, a fundamental course on embedded computin
g systems exposes all the hardware design challenges
in embedded systems. Advanced topics will also be considered in real
-
time embedded systems course. An advanced
design project course gives an opportunity to test all the skills acquired so far. From uni
processor to multiprocessor
hierarchy, detailed design and assembly programming will be dealt with. This stream serves to establish a software as
well as hardware career in modern day computer industry.


(3)

Interactive and Digital Media

This stream is for th
ose who wish to pursue a higher degree in the domain of interactive and digital media, with a focus
on various media processing aspects. The level of these courses is akin to meet the current day industry requirements.
Fundamental and to a certain extent,
advanced concepts in digital image processing, digital video processing, and vision
systems will be exposed. The student will see several applications of these concepts to the domain of electronic gaming
and

image processing. The student has the opportunit
y to understand the interface and applicability of the theory
between biology, entertainment systems and computer system domains. In addition to the modules listed above, a
student may choose to supplement additional modules from the following list. These
include, CS3240 Human
Computer Interaction, EE4604 Biological Perception in Digital Media, NM 2216 Introduction to Interactive Media,
NM2217 Creating Interactive Media, NM2218 Critical Introduction to Gaming, NM 3216 Game Design I, and NM3221
Interactivit
y and Everyday Life.



CEIP2

Embedded Systems


CS2
103 Software Engineering (1 or
2)

+

CS2106
Introduction to Operating Systems
(1

or
2)

+

EE31
01 Digital Signal Processing (1

or 2
)

+

EE3207 Computer Architecture (1)

EE3208 Embedded Computer Sys
Design (
2
)

EE4214 Real Time Embedded Systems (1)

EE4218 Embedded Hardware System Design (2)


CEIP1

Networking

& Distributed Systems


CS2102 Dat
abase Systems (1 or 2)

+

CS2106
Introduction to Operating Systems

(1 or
2)

+

CS322
1
Operating Systems Design and Pragmatics

CS3233 Competitive Programming

(2)

EE3101 Digital Signal Processing (1 or 2)

+

EE3204 Computer Comm Networks I (1)

EE4210 Computer

Comm Networks II (2)

EE4214

Real Time Embedded Systems (1)


CEIP3

Interactive & Digital Media

EE3101 Digital Signal Processing (1 or
2)

+

EE3206 Intro to Computer Vision & Image Proc (1)

EE3701 Digital Media Technologies (2)

EE3702 Electronic Gaming (1)

CS3248 Design of
Interactive
Systems

(2)

EE4212 Computer Vision (2)

EE4213 Image Processing (2)

EE4701 Video Processing (2)

EE4702 Gam
e World Mechanics

(2)



4

Table
4

: Recommended Tracks in Control and Automation






















1

For students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in control related areas.


2

Graduate module


Notes on the recommended tracks in Contro
l and Automation


Control is a very general discipline, of which the knowledge and skills are applicable to many problems which require the
analysis of systems behaviour and characteristics. It is an interesting and challenging area which covers systems th
eory and
practice in
systems ranging from electronic circuits in amplifier designs to complex ones like avionics, manufacturing and
automation, vehicle guidance, robotics, bioengineering, etc.


There are four tracks recommended in Control and Automation. T
hey are provided to cater both to students who wish to
pursue a higher degree in Control and to those who intend to practise in control engineering. In practice, Control finds a wi
de
range of applications. However, the three most significant areas of pract
ice are in the manufacturing/automation
environment, in power systems and machines and robotics, and in the chemical/biological process industry. Other

areas of
application incl
ude the semiconductor industry
, financial analysis, etc. The write
-
up below pro
vides a brief discussion on
each of the recommended tracks.


1)

Advanced Control

This track serves students who intend to pursue a career in control engineering and have not decided on the area of
application. It may be for engineers in the petrochemical proc
ess industry, microelectronics, automation, power
systems, etc. It is also suited to students who intend to challenge themselves in the more theoretical aspects and wish to
pursue a higher degree in Control Engineering and/or computational intelligence.


2)

Mechatronics and Automation

This is a more practice
-
oriented control engineering program for students who want to be challenged in the control of
mechanical systems, robots and machines. It provides a good background to the understanding of automation. It
combines the knowledge of electronics, signal processing and machines so that students in this area will have a more
complete understanding of the practical aspects of automation, an area which is increasingly more important in the
competitive world.


3)

Dist
ributed Autonomous Systems

This track is oriented towards control issues in autonomous robotic systems where multi
-
robots work together in a
cooperative environment. In this environment, the challenge is to develop strategies for multi
-
agents or multi
-
rob
ots to
work cooperatively towards a common goal. For example, robot soccer is one such cooperative environment where a
number of robots work together to win a soccer game. This promises to be an exciting and emerging field for all.


4)

Process Control

This is

a program for students who are interested in modeling, simulating, controlling and optimizing
chemical
/
biological processes

using systematic procedures and mathematical models. Control theory is combined with
the fundamentals for formulating and solving p
rocess engineering problems.
Via
the systems approach
and
aided by
computers
, s
tudents

will gain skills to

analyz
e

and control

both continuous and batch
chemical
/
biological processes, an
area which has assumed an increasingly important role in the local m
anufacturing sector.

CTRL1

Advanced Control
1

EE3304 Digital Control Systems (2)

EE4214 Real Time Embedded Systems (1)

EE4302 Advanced Control Systems (2

or 3
)

EE4305 Intro to Fuzzy/Neural Systems (1)

EE4307 Control Systems Design and Simulation (2)

E
E5101 Linear Systems
2

(1)


CTRL2

Mechatronics
& Automation

EE3101 Digital Signal Processing (1 or 2)

EE3302 Industrial Control Systems (1)

EE3304 Digital Control Systems (2)

EE
4
307 Control Systems Design and Simulation (2)

ME4245 Robot Kinematics, Dynamics and Control (1)

EE4502 Electric Drives & C
ontrol (1)




CTRL3

Distributed Autonomous Systems

EE3302 Industrial Control Systems (1)

EE3304 Digital Control Systems (2)

ME4245 Robot Kinematics, Dynamics and Control (1)

EE4305 Intro to Fuzzy/Neural Systems (1)

EE4306 Distributed Autonomous Roboti
c Systems (2)




CTRL4

Process Control

EE3302 Industrial Control Systems (1)

EE3304 Digital Control Systems (2)

EE4302 Advanced Control Systems (2

or 3
)

EE4307 Control Sys
tems Design and Simulation (2)

CN4211
R

Petrochemicals and Processing


Technology (
2
)



5


Table
5

: Recommended Tracks in Microelectronics















































1

Complements communications/computer engineering design

2

A 1
-
year course. Registration is by application only.


Call for applica
tion will be sent to all EE students before
the start of Semester 7.


Notes on the recommended tracks in Microelectronics


(1)

Device Technology

This track trains students in all fundamentals that are needed in integrated circuit fabrication industry. EE4411
i
ntroduces students to semiconductor processing steps such as oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, lithography and
etching. EE4412 introduces students to basic silicon devices: Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor
(MOSFET) and Bipolar Juncti
on Transistor (BJT). EE3406 exposes students to electronic materials, band structure of
solids, etc. Selecting this cluster qualifies student for certain EDB schemes. EE4413 introduces students to
Nano
-
engineering, nanofabrication techniques, and nanoelec
tronic devices.



MICE1

Device Technology


EE3406 Microelectronic Materials
(1 or 2)

EE4411 Si Processing Technology (1 or 2)

EE4412 Technology & Modeling of Si Trans
istors (1)

EE4413 Low Dimensional Electronic Devices (2)

CN4223
R

Microelectron
ic Thin Films (
2
)

MICE2

Photonics and Optical

Communications


EE3406 Microelectronic Materials (1 or 2)

EE3103 Communications (1)

EE4401 Optoelectronics (2)

EE4114 Optical Communications (2)

ESP4302 Nanophotonics (1)






MICE3

VLSI design
1


EE3408 Integrated Analog Design (1)

EE3407 Analog Electronics (1 or 2)

EE4410
Integrated Circuit and System Design

2

(1
-
2)

EE441
5 Integrated Digital Design (2)



MICE4

IC Manufacturing

EE3406 Microelectronics Materia
ls (1 or 2)

EE4408 Silicon Device Reliability (2)

EE4411 Si Processing Technology (1

or 2
)


EE4412 Tec
h & Modeling of Si Transistors (1)

IE2130 Quality Engineering I (2)

CN4223
R

Microelectronics Thi
n
Films (
2
)


MICE5

Optoelectronics



EE3406 Microelectronics Materials
(1 or 2)

EE4401
Optoelectronics (2)

EE4413 Low Dimensional ElectronicDevices (2)

ESP4302 Nanophotonics (1)




MICE6

Data Storage Systems


EE3406 Microe
lectronic Materials
(1 or 2)

EE4413 Low Dimensional Electronic Devices (2)

EE4414
Magnetic Materials & Devices for
Information Storage (
1
)

EE4506 Magnetic Recording Systems (1)

MICE7

BioDevices


EE4411 Si Processing Technology (1 or 2)

EE4412 Technology & Modeling of Si Transistors (1)

EE4601 Sensors for Medical Applications (1)

BN4404 BioMEMS (2)




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(2)

Photonics and Optical Communications

This track combines the fundamentals of photonics and optical communications. EE4114 offers an introduction to the
fundamental principles and components of optical communication systems. ESP4302 introd
uce the nanophotonics.
EE4401 involves the principles of lasers and light emitting diodes that can be used in optical communication systems.


(3)

VLSI Design

This track focuses on design. Analog IC design as well as digital design issues are covered in these
courses. EE4415
involves integrated digital design using synopsis tools. EE4410 has a full chip design followed by fabrication and
testing of the chip. This can complement other clusters where system on a chip is important. For example, it can
complement c
omputer hardware or algorithms or DSP or RF courses by providing methods of implementation on a
single IC.


(4)

IC Manufacturing

This track combines the fundamentals with manufacturing issues such as quality control and reliability. IE2130 is a
general qualit
y control and reliability course. On the other hand, EE4408 covers issues specific to long term reliability
of silicon devices.


(5)

Optoelectronics

This track focuses on optoelectronics and generally involves compound semiconductors. EE4401 involves studies o
f
lasers and light emitting diodes and fundamental principles in optoelectronics. EE4413 introduces students to
Nano
-
engineering, nanofabrication techniques, and nanoelectronic devices.



(6)

Data Storage Systems

This track was formulated by EDB to support ou
r data storage industry. The main objective is to teach students the
principles and practice of data storage systems, both magnetic and optical. Current practice, current technology and
future developments of systems and engineering know how will be taught
. Magnetic recording principles and material
characterization are the backbone of these subjects. Detailed analysis of writing and reading principles with head and
media performance are included. Some aspects of servo engineering, recording electronics wit
h coding and their
performance, current technologies and future developments will be part of this program. Also,
EE4413 introduces
students to
Nano
-
engineering, nanofabrication techniques, and nanoelectronic devices.


(7
)

BioDevices

This track combines si
licon processing, devices and sensor/bi
o
electronics/bioMEMs modules so that students will have
sufficient knowledge to explore applications of microelectronics in biological and medical applications.




7

Table
6

: Recommended Tracks in Microwave & RF Commun
ications



















1

These are important fundamental modules that are strongly recommended for careers in microwave and RF
engineering.

2

EE4110 is 80% hands
-
on, with no formal examination paper.

3

Graduate module
.


Notes on the recommended tra
cks in Microwave & RF Communications


Microwave & RF Systems and Microwave & RF CAD


Microwave and RF techniques have been increasingly adopted in such diverse applications as radio astronomy, long
-
distance
communications (which includes wireless communic
ations), space navigation, radar systems, medical equipment, and
missile and aircraft electronic systems. As a result of the accelerating rate of growth of microwave and RF technology in
research and industry, students who are preparing themselves for, and

electronics engineers working in, the microwave and
RF communications area are faced with the need to understand the theoretical and experimental design and analysis of
microwave and RF devices and circuits.


The recommended modules are aimed at preparing

students who are considering a career in the area of microwave and RF
communications engineering with preferences toward the two distinct tracks : Systems and Computer
-
Aided Design. The
former track aims to provide a system overview with a strong grasp of

microwave and RF technology; the latter a know
-
how
of the design and fabrication of high speed devices in miniaturisation form, the technology of the future.


Other modules listed for each track serve to provide the RF specialist with more breadth of know
ledge and hence versatility
in tackling rapid changes in communications technology. Potential employers include communication equipment and
system manufacturers, communications service providers, defence contractors, MMIC foundries and device characterisa
tion
houses. Finally, students planning to pursue postgraduate studies in the area of microwave and RF communications should
find themselves academically prepared.




MICW1

Microwave & RF Systems


EE3101 Digital Signal Processing
1

(1

or 2
)

EE3103 Communications (1)

EE3407 Analog Electronics
1

(1

or 2
)

EE310
4 Introduction to RF and Microwave
Systems and Circuits

(1)

EE4101 RF Communications
1
(1)

EE4112 High Frequency Techniques
1

(1)

EE5303 Microwave Electronics
3

(1)




MICW2

Microwave & RF CAD

EE3103 Communications (1)

EE3104 Introduction to RF and Microwave
Systems and Circuits

(1)

EE3407 Analog Electronics
1

(1

or 2
)

EE4101 RF Communications
1
(1)

EE4104 Microwave Circuits & Devices
1

(
1 or
2)

EE4110
RFIC and MMIC Des
ign
12

(2)

EE4112 High Frequency Techniques
1
(1)

EE4401 Optoelectronics (2)

EE5303 Microwave Electronics
3

(1)



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Table 7: Recommended Tracks in Electrical Energy Systems & Components





























The numbers in brackets indicate which semester the module is offered.

1
These graduate modules will be offered subject to staff availability.

2
This module is not offered in AY2009/10.


Notes on the recommended tracks in Electrical Energy S
ystems & Components


The three tracks of Electrical Energy Systems & Components cover a wide range of topics such as power
electronics, electric drives, power semiconductor devices, power systems, renewable energy generating systems.
The applications of su
ch energy related technologies range from sophisticated, miniaturised, voltage
-
regulator
modules (VRM) used for powering the next
-
generation microprocessors in computers, to electric drives used in
futuristic fuel
-
cell powered automobiles, traction drives
in high
-
speed bullet trains to advanced more and more
electric aircrafts and ship propulsion systems, to electrical energy systems required to ensure safe, reliable and
high quality power supply in the utility grid. The third track focuses on renewable ene
rgy systems that will focus
on integration of renewable energy resources into the utility gird.


A brief description on the relevance of the three different technical tracks and the corresponding modules is
provided here.


(1)

EESC1: Power Systems Analysis a
nd Control


This track is meant for students interested in developing a career in the area of Power System for utility
industry and professional consulting engineers or pursuing higher studies. Electrical Energy Systems
(EE3505) provides the

fundamental a
nd state of the art knowledge of electric power system and its
operation. The module assumes importance in view of the revolutionary changes such as deregulation and
distributed generation occurring in the industry. Power system management and protection (
EE4501)
module discusses the necessary analytical tools required to assess the performance of electric power
systems and introduces various protection schemes used in industry.


(2)

EESC2: Power Electronics, Drives and Semiconductor Devices


This track is me
ant for students interested in developing career or pursuing higher studies in the area of
Power Electronics, Electrical Drives and Power Semiconductor Devices.

Power Electronics (EE3501)
EESC
1
:

Power Systems Analysis and Control

EE3505 Electrical Energy Systems (1)

EE3501 Power Electronics (2)

EE4501 Power System Management & Protection (2)

EE4502 Electric Drives & Control (
1)

EE3302 Industrial Control Systems (1)

EE4512 Renewable Energy Systems Capstone Design (3)

EE5701 High Voltage Testing & Switchgear

(1)
1

EE5712 Power System Reliability(1)
1


EESC
2
:

Power Electronics, Drives &
Semiconductor
Devices

EE3501 Power Electronics (2)

EE3505
Electrical Energy Systems (1)

EE4502 Electric Drives & Control (1)

EE45
05

Power Semiconductor Devices &

ICs (1)

EE4509
Silicon Microsystems (2)


EE3304 Digital Control Systems (2)

EE4512 Renewable Energy Systems Capstone Design (3)

EE5711 Power Electronics

and Systems(2)
1

EE5703 Industrial Drives(2)
1


EESC
3
:

Sustainable Ene
rgy Systems & Components

EE3505 Electrical Energy Systems (1)

EE3501 Power Electronics (2)

EE4502 Electric Drives & Control (1)

EE4510 Solar Photovoltaic Energy
Systems

(
1
)

EE4511 Sustainable Energy Systems
2

EE4509 Silicon Microsystems (2)

EE4512 Rene
wable Energy Systems Capstone Design (3)

EE5711 Power Electronics and Systems
(2)
1

EE5712 Power System Reliability(1)
1




9

module introduces the fundamental principles of electronic power pro
cessing and control of power
converters. Such use of power electronics and related control spans a wide range of applications from
powering a handheld PDA to powering an MRT train. Control of DC and AC motors using power
electronic converters are covered i
n the Electric Drives and Control (EE4502) module. Applications of such
motion control through electric drives range from hard
-
disk drives used in computers, to robots, to electric
trains, and industrial drives. Power semiconductor switches, such as Power
MOSFETs, together with
monolithic power semiconductor IC's are studied in Power Semiconductor Devices and IC's (EE4505).
These switches and ICs are essential elements of an electronic power processing system. The EE4509
module provides an introductory ove
rview of micro
-
electromechanical systems (MEMS) for various
sensing and actuation applications.


(3)

EESC3: Sustainable Energy Systems and Components


This track is meant for students interested in developing career or pursuing higher studies in renewable
ene
rgy sources and systems. Both Power Electronics (EE3501) and Electrical Energy Systems (EE3505)
modules would provide introduction to electrical energy systems and its control through power electronic
technology. In order to meet the energy sustainability
and at the same time overcome the limited natural
resources reserve that we have and the related global warming problems, the module EE4510 Solar
Photovoltaic Energy Systems introduces the concept of solar photovoltaic energy generating systems and its
com
ponents. To supplement the renewable energy systems, Sustainable Energy Systems (EE4511) module
would introduce distributed generation through various renewable energy sources and strategies for the
supply and demand side management for efficient resource
allocation.


For all the three tracks, we recommend that the students take Renewable energy systems Capstone design
(EE4512) module. Students will learn to design and build a small scale electric gird that will include renewable
energy resources along with

conventional energy sources. The focus will be on the design concepts and provide
practical hands
-
on experience that would be useful for final year project works.


Modules which are indirectly relevant to the electrical energy system are also included t
o enhance the student’s
knowledge in specific areas of EESC tracks. The EE3302 Industrial Control Module deals with practical control
elements and techniques which are often used in control of industrial power and process system. Most of the
power electron
ic equipment are being implemented using DSP/micro
-
controller based digital controller and
therefore the course EE3304 Digital Control System has been recommended.


The four graduate level modules (EE5703)
I
ndustrial Drives, (EE5711) Power Electronics, (E
E5701) High
-
Voltage Testing and (EE5712) Power System Reliability have been recommended ONLY for those who wish to
explore the areas of electric drives, power electronics and power system engineering further for higher studies.







10

Table
8

: Recommended

General Track
s














Notes on the recommended general tracks


The general tracks are recommended for students who have not decided on their areas of specialisation and would like to
keep their options open until a later stage. The modules are rec
ommended based on the most ‘essential’ modules from each
broad area of specialisation. In addition to them, students have the option of choosing other modules from the master list,
bearing in mind that they are not allowed to take fewer than 4 depth module
s.


In both tracks, EE3103 and EE3208 are recommended because they are very useful skills to have in this day and age of
computers and communications. General Track 1 is for students who are sure they do not wish to do any Microelectronics
related courses

but wishes to remain as general as possible. General Track 2 is for students who are more inclined towards
circuits/systems development and design, whether it is at the IC level or otherwise.



GEN1

General Track 1

EE3103 Communications (1)

EE3208 Embedded Computer Systems Design
(
2
)

EE3304 Digital Control Systems (2)

EE3505

Electrical Energy System
s

(1
)


GEN2

General Track 2

EE3103 Communications
(1)

EE3208 Embedded Computer Systems Des
ign
(
2
)

EE3407 Analog Electronics (1

or 2
)

EE4411 Silicon Processing Technology
(1

or 2
)