CET834 Understanding of basic device structure and operating principles of displays and LEDs

Course Provider

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)



Academic Unit



- To introduce critical display technologies and provide the learners with an overview of emissive displays vs. non-emissive displays in a comparative manner.

- To equip the learners with the understanding of basic device structure and operating principles of the liquid crystal displays (LCDs), plasma displays (PDs), field emission displays (FEDs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

- To show and appreciate the significance of solid-state lighting and electronic displays.

This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Engineering Optics and Photonics
- FlexiMasters in Engineering Optics and Photonics


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Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to:

1. To acquire the basic understanding of the structural fundamentals of important electronic display technologies and relate their architecture to their operating principles and function;

2. To develop the essential way of thinking key to identifying the advantages and disadvantages of these display technology platforms from their unit cell structure and operation and;

3. To practice and learn how to compare and contrast these electronic display technologies taking a holistic approach from performance vs. cost points of view and in terms of relevant metrics.

Overview of emissive displays and non-emissive displays. Liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Plasma displays (PDs). Field emission displays (FEDs). Light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Suitable to learners from all disciplines who seek to have in-depth understanding of photonics and engineering optics and their impact in current industries and for Industry 4.0 (I 4.0).

Standard Course Fee: S$1,635

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 9% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

  • Standard course fee is inclusive of GST.
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.


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Listed courses are:

  • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Engineering Optics and Photonics (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Engineering Optics and Photonics (total 15AUs).
  • SkillsFuture Credit approved.