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Manufacturing Notes


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The aims of this section are that students will

  • Have an appreciation of the significant changes that have taken place in Northern Ireland's manufacturing industry.
  • Recognise that Northern Ireland's manufacturing industry is increasingly dynamic and diverse.
  • Realise that manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland has to be sustainably developed in order to ensure its long-term viability.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Recognise that the nature of Northern Ireland's industry is undergoing a transformation from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy.
  • Identify different categories of employment.
  • Appreciate that manufacturing involves the processing of raw materials as well as the processing of other manufactured products.
  • Identify the factors that influence the location of manufacturing industry.
  • Identify some of the major industries in Northern Ireland and the products that they manufacture.
  • Understand that Northern Ireland's manufacturing base has changed significantly over time due to a wide range of influences.
  • Realise that waste production is a consequence of the manufacturing process and must be managed carefully.
  • Recognise that hi-tech industry is of increasing significance in Northern Ireland.
  • Appreciate that products manufactured in Northern Ireland are used all over the world.
  • Understand that manufacturing industry must be sustainably developed to ensure its future survival.



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