Fast-track Your Learning with 8 lessons in 4 Weeks

That’s right – we have structured the course to give you a balance between fast-track & overwhelm! You will have access to 2 lessons a week over the 4 weeks and each lesson is released with a few days in between. Through a series of video online lessons, Elaine takes us through everything that you will ever need to know on how to use your microscope effectively. We’ve put it together this way so you will quickly get a good overview of all the lessons in front of you but you will also gain the right amount of knowledge in the right amount of time. As it is a self-paced course, once the lesson is released you have ongoing access to it, which means that you can go back at any time and revisit each lesson.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Microscope

Guide to selecting a Microscope
How to set up microscope
Parts and functions of a typical microscope
Microscope best practice
How to collect a soil sample
How to look after your microscope

Lesson 2: Sample Preparation

Diluting & Preparing Slides
How to Focus correctly on your Slide and which magnification to use

Lesson 3: Morphology of Bacteria

True bacteria, Actinobacteria,
Spirilla, Spirochetes,
Anaerobic Bacteria as indicators

Lesson 4: Morphology of Fungi

Decomposer fungi,
Mycorrhizal fungi,
Diameters, Color

Lesson 5: Morphology of Algae, Protozoa & Nematodes

Algae, Pollen, Parasites, Microarthropods
Protozoa; Flagellates, Amoebae, Ciliates
Nematodes; bacterial-feeding, fungal-feeding, predatory, root-feeding

Lesson 6: Morphology of Other Materials in the Soil

Identifying other materials such as cellulose, plant debris, thread, diatom shells, mineral particles.
Distinguishing between other materials & organisms

Lesson 7: Quantification (Counting Organisms)

Sampling considerations,
Determining diameters, lengths, numbers

Lesson 8: Data from Counting Fields

Spreadsheet, equations,
Interpretation of data

Course Quiz

A self correcting quiz that will test your skills

Course Resources

  • 55 page Workbook
  • Lesson Transcripts
  • Access to the Microbe Gallery
  • Microscope Data Sheet
  • Soil Profile Starting Sheet
  • Getting Started List
  • List of Laboratories and Suppliers
  • Recommendations when buying a microscope
  • and more bonuses!


Our No Risk Money Back Guarantee
The Microscope Intensive Course is fully guaranteed. We Provide A 100% Guarantee That If After 14 Days Of Participating In The Course You Are Not Happy With Any Aspect Of The Course Your Money Will Be Returned In Full and you can keep any bonuses you have already received.