This book is a great student resource. It is suitable for any Biology class thus making it a leading textbook for non-majors Microbiology.
The book is pretty big as far as the text goes which is divided in 28 chapters. For every chapter beginning is a chapter summary which really helps to get an idea of what is to be in the lectures.
In general, text is organized, well written, and easy to understand. Many students stated that in many cases the lecture itself is obsolete because the material in this book is so well presented and explains the subject even better than the teacher.
Graphics, diagrams, and photos are a hallmark feature of this textbook making the text even easier to understand.