Join Semizone's community of semiconductor industry professionals at http://semizone.com/newuser or by clicking on the "Register" button on the top right corner of the home page. Registering at Semizone allows you to sign up for online courses and access premium services such as technical content, streaming media presentations, web-based laboratories, and web-based simulators. The login and password combination is used to authenticate your identity when accessing courses and transcript as well as community activities such as discussion forums, bulletin boards, and Q&A sessions.
An online catalog of courses offered by Semizone is available at http://semizone.com/catalog, or by clicking on the "Course Catalog" button on top of the home page. The catalog provides the listing of courses with information on the instructors, duration, number of modules, and enrollment price. Enrollment in the courses is simple. A click on the "Enroll" button prompts you for the shipping and billing information. Payments can be made using a credit card, a purchase order (P.O.), or through a pre-established corporate account. Corporate enrollments can be completed from within corporate intranet or from company-specific registration page within Semizone.
Immediately upon enrollment, the streaming media lecture, synchronized viewgraphs, downloadable online course notes, and any other available on-line learning resources are made available. Hard copy course notes, if requested, are sent to the shipping address within one week.
Taking a Semizone course is simple. Just point, click, and start viewing the course. There is no need to download or install proprietary software as the courses work with standard browsers and plug-ins installed in most computers.
When launching a Semizone course module, a new browser window pops up with two main panes. The left pane features the streaming video with subject header and VCR-style controls. The volume control is also located under the streaming video pane and works in conjunction with the system volume control. The right pane contains the synchronized viewgraphs. The viewgraphs are automatically synchronized with the lecture, but can be controlled by the user independent of the streaming video.
Semizone course videos use Microsoft Windows Media streaming technology. For optimal viewing, the latest version of Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer is recommended. Information about software and installation is available at http://semizone.com/software.
Upon course enrollment, a single user license is granted for 1 year. Each streaming media lectures can be viewed up to 20 times during the period of the license. The access period and the number of module views remaining are shown on the course page. Completed courses are shown behind the "My Transcript" link.
Upon completion of the course, the student can request a certificate of completion issued jointly by Semizone and Stanford Center for Professional Development. The certificate can be requested by clicking on "My Transcript". An online printable version of the certificate is issued immediately. A formal version is provided upon request at no extra charge. All records of completed courses are kept in the "My Transcript" page.
Continuous Education Units (CEUs) provided jointly by Semizone and Stanford Center for Professional Development are issued upon request for a nominal fee per CEU transaction. The CEU records are kept at Stanford Universitys registrars office. One CEU is issued for every 10 hours of course instruction. To obtain the CEU, download the application form from http://semizone.com/ceu/form.pdf and mail the completed copy with your CEU fee to Attn: CEU Processing, Semizone, Inc., 236 Stanford Center, #443, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1412.