Principle of abstraction

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The principle of abstraction is a grouping principle, whereby a hierarchy is adhered to with higher levels of abstraction placed near the top with more specific concepts underneath.


For the teaching (not personnel) organization of a university the levels of abstraction would go something like this.


Faculty of Science
Department of Physics
Subject - Physics 101
Topic - Fluid dynamics
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Biology
Faculty of Arts
Department of History
Australian History
1850-1854 Victorian Gold rush
Department of Philosophy
Department of Literature
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Immunology
Department of Neurosurgery
Department of Endocrinology