6 ECTS credits
166 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4015676ENR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (E) Master - advanced level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Department and involved faculties/organizations
Electronics and Informatics
Applied Physics and Photonics
Educational team
Johan STIENS (course titular)
J├╝rgen VAN ERPS
Activities and contact hours
39 contact hours Lecture
127 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

(Micro)-Electronics and photonics, a bird's eye view

   Electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor technologies, devices and manufacturing

   Components with electronic functionality: diodes, transistors,…

   Components with opto-electronic functionality: photon-detection, photon-generation, photo-voltaics, …


Micro-Electronic and Optoelectronic manufacturing processes

Memory technologies


Photonics and optics technologies, devices and manufacturing

  lighting and light sources, including lasers

  optical fibers and optical telecom

  micro-photonics, lenses and fabrication

  optical spectroscopy



Core applications of micro-electronics and photonics

 Embedded systems



 Vision Systems


Course material
Course text (Required) : Technology and applications of micro-electronics and photonics
Additional info

In this course a few general aspects of the broad domain of electronics, ICT and photonics will be lectured. About 60% of the course deals with these general aspects. The remaining part of the course focuses on more specialized topics. From these several specialised topics the student will be invited to select a topic to work out a project assignment in detail on an independent basis. Technical as well as commercials and business wise aspects will be treated during the oral presentation of this study.

Teaching Methods

  • Lecture: collective contact-dependent moments during which the lecturer engages with learning materials
  • Seminar, Exercises or Practicals (Practical): collective or individual contact-dependent moments during which the students are guided to actively engage with learning materials
  • Independent or External Form of Study (Self): independent study

This description of the teaching methods is indicative, in order to assess the expected study load.

Lecture: 39 hours (13 x 3 hours)

Self: 127 hours

  • keeping up with the course material during the semester, amounting to 3 hours per lecture: 39 hours (13 x 3 hours)
  • project assignment: 32 hours (4 days of 8 hours)
  • preparation powerpoint presentation: 16 hours (2 days of 8 hours)
  • preparation oral presentation: 8 hours (1day of 8 hours)
  • preparation exam: 32 hours (4 days of 8 hours)
Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

Students acquire insights in the technical and technological background in the broad domain of electronics, ICT and photonics. The acquired background knowledge allows the students to function as professionally as a non-electronic/photonic specialist in companies in the field of electronics and photonics.

This course contributes to the following programme outcomes of the Master in Applied Computer Sciences:

MA_A: Knowledge oriented competence

1. The Master in Engineering Sciences has in-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering
7.The Master in Engineering Sciences can present and defend results in a scientifically sound way, using contemporary communication tools, for a national as well as for an international professional or lay audience
8. The Master in Engineering Sciences can collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team
11. The Master in Engineering Sciences can think critically about and evaluate projects, systems and processes, particularly when based on incomplete, contradictory and/or redundant information

MA_B:  Attitude

14. The Master in Engineering Sciences has consciousness of the ethical, social, environmental and economic context of his/her work and strives for sustainable solutions to engineering problems including safety and quality assurance aspects

MA_C:  Specific competence

17. The Master in Applied Computer Sciences has a thorough understanding of the underlying physical principles and the functioning of electronic and photonic devices, of sensors and actuators and is able to use them to conceive information processing systems and more specifically systems of systems
24. The Master in Applied Computer Sciences is able to manage complex multidisciplinary projects on systems of systems and, as a consequence, can take educated, well-researched decisions on the technologies involved
27. The Master in Applied Computer Sciences is aware of and critical about the impact of ICT on society.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Oral, Written and Presentation with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: 60% for the oral part, 10% for the written part and 30% for the presentation

Additional info regarding evaluation

Part 1: Oral Examination with a written preparation going into more depth of the course (60%).

Part 2: Written examination without oral discussion aiming at testing the basic knowledge of the course (10%).

Part 3: Inpedent project work on a selected topic. Preparation in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Oral presentation and defense of the project assignment (30%).

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Business Engineering: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master in Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science: Standaard traject
Master of Business Engineering: Business and Technology: Standaard traject