Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course to any student interested in biology or if you are a nursing major at Umass Dartmouth then you are required to take the course but either way it is a great class! The class is held once a week and it's a 3-hour lab but once you have completed all of the assigned experiments you are allowed to leave. I personally have never stayed longer than 2 hours. Your grade for the course consists of 3 exams and a lab notebook check. It might sound like a lot but the exams are only held for the first 30 minutes of class so they are not too content heavy and don't require much thinking as long as you complete the study guide that the professor provides then you should pass each exam. Attendance is absolutely mandatory considering if you miss one class you'll be missing about 3 experiments and information that needs to be written inside of your lab notebook to get full credit. Dr. Ventetuolo is a great professor who really wants you to succeed and will do anything he can to help you pass the course or better understand a topic.
From taking this course I learned the basics of microbiological principles and techniques such as microscopy, staining, growth and quantization of microbial cultures and identification of microorganisms.
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Advice for students:
To succeed in this course I would suggest to first off attend every class and make sure that you are attentive in the class, by writing down the prelab information into your lab notebook. Also, I would suggest making flashcards based on the study guide that Dr. Ventetuolo provides on his course site to help you study. Reading the instructions for the experiments beforehand will help you understand what the steps are that you will be carrying out during that lab period. I would also recommend not studying a day or 2 before the exams just like any other course.