3 ECTS credits
84 u studietijd

Aanbieding 1 met studiegidsnummer 4016187ENR voor alle studenten in het 2e semester met een verdiepend master niveau.

2e semester
Inschrijving onder examencontract
Niet mogelijk
Beoordeling (0 tot 20)
2e zittijd mogelijk
Faculteit Sociale Wetensch & SolvayBusinessSchool
Verantwoordelijke vakgroep
Business Technology and Operations
Marie Gruber (titularis)
Onderdelen en contacturen
26 contacturen Hoorcollege
58 contacturen Zelfstudie en externe werkvormen
All businesses and individuals make use, directly or indirectly, of (micro)electronics technology and ICT. Since the invention of the transistor in 1947 and the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958, all of these domains have undergone a significant (r)evolution. In this course we will examine some of the important industrial dynamics that accompany such (r)evolution.
Photonics is a technology that is applied in wide range of industrial sectors. Several of these industries are presently witnessing exponential growth: solar cells, LCD displays, (Organic) Light Emitting Diodes, industrial and night vision, telecommunications… Flanders and the VUB can boast world class researcher groups in this domain, and many Belgian firms (established and startups) are active in the application domains mentioned above.

In this course, we consider the relevant industries, business models, current and future developments and the role of regulations, standards and government in the industry. We investigate firm-specific topics such as commercialization, financial management, funding, business development and IPR strategy.

Importantly, not only the characteristics of mature companies are covered, but more so the relevant aspects of young, starting companies in the micro-electronics and photonics industry.

A number of relevant business cases are studied and relevant guest speakers are invited. 
The students can be asked to prepare case studies before attending class. 
Digitaal cursusmateriaal (Vereist) : Slides and readers provided, Canvas
Bijkomende info

The default course language is English

Study material: slides and readers

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: 26 hours

  • classical lectures: 12 hours (4 x 3 hours)
  • introduction guest lectures:  6 hours (4 x 1,5 hours)
  • guest lectures: 8 hours (4 x 2 hours)

Self: 58 hours

  • keeping up with the course material during the semester and run through background information, amounting to 1 hour per hour lecture:  26 hours
  • preparation exam: 32 hours (4 days of 8 hours)

Algemene competenties

Students will:

  • Obtain an insight in the different business economic application domains of photonics and micro-electronics industries. 
  • Obtain a general insight in the structure and functioning of technological sectors.
  • Gain a clear view on the definition, size and the importance of the industries based on micro-electronic and photonic technologies.
  • Gain an insight in the history, current situation and trends within the industry.
  • Gain an insight on the relevant dynamics that have an influence on the start up of companies and (university) spin-offs in the industry.
  • Know and understand how functional domains of (start-up) micro-electronic and photonic companies (financial management, funding, business planning, marketing, IPR strategy and business development) are organized and influenced by the industry-specific setting.


De beoordeling bestaat uit volgende opdrachtcategorieën:
Examen Mondeling bepaalt 100% van het eindcijfer

Binnen de categorie Examen Mondeling dient men volgende opdrachten af te werken:

  • Mondeling Examen met een wegingsfactor 100 en aldus 100% van het totale eindcijfer.

    Toelichting: Gesloten boek, 3 open vragen, 20 minuten voorbereidingstijd

Aanvullende info mbt evaluatie

Presence at guest lecture is mandatory.


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Academische context

Deze aanbieding maakt deel uit van de volgende studieplannen:
Master handelsingenieur: Standaard traject
Master in de ingenieurswetenschappen: fotonica: Standaard traject
Master in de ingenieurswetenschappen: toegepaste computerwetenschappen: Standaard traject
Master of Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science: Standaard traject (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Master of Photonics Engineering: On campus traject (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Master of Photonics Engineering: Online/Digital traject (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Master of Business Engineering: Business and Technology: Standaard traject (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)
Master of Physics and Astronomy: Minor Economy and Business (enkel aangeboden in het Engels)