Exercise: Structural Concepts

Think of at least one example of each of the following kinds of structures, and consider the structuring principle of each of your chosen examples (you may like to use examples from your own discipline area).

On a sheet of paper, draw a diagram, showing the structure.

1. physical structure






2. organisational structure






3. social structure






When you have done this exercise, you will appreciate that structure is fundamental to the way we think, plan, create, build, perceive; in fact, structure lies at the heart of how we as human beings make sense of the world around us.