Competence Profiling

KODE® - Competence Profiling

The Graduate School Materials Science aims at offering a tailor-made training program for each PhD student. To this end, we offer a competence profiling in order to assess the individual training needs for a recommendation concerning needs-based and effective complementary skills trainings.

KODE® - Method

KODE® is the abbreviation of Kompetenz-Diagnostik und -Entwicklung (Diagnostics and Development of Competencies). It denotes an extensive diagnostic, training and coaching system. According to the KODE® philosophy, diagnosis is only a means to an end: for developing and strengthening competencies on the levels of individual, team, and organization. KODE® is no psychometrical test but a computer and coaching supported self-assessment and development procedure with options for external assessments. The results relate to four competence areas called “basic competencies”:

  • P: Personal Competencies
  • A: Activity and Action-oriented Competencies
  • M: Methods and Professional Competencies
  • S: Socio-Communicative Competencies

These four areas include 64 key competencies. Thus, a large variety of competencies is covered and represented. KODE® takes competencies as prerequisites in situations where adaptability and self-organization is necessary. Thus, it concerns, to one’s own person (P), to translate things that are wanted with more or less motivation to change goals into actions (A), supported by technical or methodical knowledge (M) to communicate and cooperate within ones abilities (S).


Based on the KODE® questioning, students will receive an evaluation form with different interpretation offers and suggestions for actions. Depending on the student’s interests and requirements, the following analysis is provided:


The Competence profile reflects the personal competences both under favorable, normal circumstances and under unfavorable, difficult circumstances. Verbal interpretation by the program manager is offered in order to promote a (flexible) use of competences under favorable and unfavorable circumstances, and interpretation in different circumstances.


This is an overview to show the 64 key competences. Students will see details about the dominance level of key competences in different circumstances.


The reflection of weighting and relation between ideal, expectation, initiative, and result can show reserves for alternative behavior. Additionally, KODE® takes different demands and situations into account, so it can be a solution for effective and efficient use of competencies. Advice is based on a comparison of the student’s ideals and concrete behavioral intentions, their concrete use of competencies and the behavioral success.

Furthermore, KODE® provides optionally:

  • Self-Studying Training Material for basic competencies and key competencies
  • Tips for Personal Time Management
  • Recommendations for dealing with persons having other competence architecture
  • Analysis about Cross-sectional Competencies like intercultural competences, self-development competences, leadership competences and entrepreneurship competences