Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IfSS)

Teaching mission statement

The aim of teaching at KIT is to qualify young people based on intensive scientific and research-oriented education and the interdisciplinary acquisition of skills.
At the end of their studies, students can independently identify current and future problems, work on complex issues and develop sustainable solutions with the help of scientific methods. In order to achieve this goal, KIT pursues the strategy of research-oriented teaching:

Students learn the foundations of current research topics, processes and results

In the foundation study courses, the students are given first insights into research topics, processes and results from the social science, natural science and medical disciplines, which are then taken up and expounded in the specialisation modules.

Students learn techniques and skills to solve research problems

In the research methods in sports science courses, the students receive comprehensive method training, which initially focuses on the teaching of basic knowledge and, based on this, identifies and discusses application-oriented research problems and develops possible solutions.

Students participate in the research discussion and apply learnt knowledge and techniques

As part of the main course, students can participate in in-house research projects and actively participate in research processes. This gives students the opportunity to apply and further develop their learnt knowledge and methods.

Students work independently on (own) research projects

Through in-house research institutions e.g. BioMotion Center, performance diagnostics, Forschungszentrum für den Schulsport und den Sport von Kindern und Jugendlichen (FoSS) and a number of third-party funded projects, students already have diverse opportunities to collaborate on various research projects right at the beginning of their studies.

As part of the final thesis, the students have to independently plan and carry out their (own) research project. In doing so, they learn to formulate their own research idea, to select and apply suitable methods, to analyze and assess their data as well as to interpret and classify the results.