It really depends upon where you take micro.
I know a lot of people who failed it at my University, but took it over the summer at CC and got an A. It is much more difficlut at some schools
than others. If I had known then what I know now(that I could even take it at CC) I would have. Hey, they both count.
In terms of easier/etc, I think they are both equal but in there own ways. They are both great classes, but with a ton of info to cover. If you apply yourself you can do well. You need to study everyday after class and read the chapter, oh and it saves you a lot of stress if you pay close attention in class.
I really loved the micro lab, and thought it was easier than the class. Just study, that's the only advice I know. There are micro flash cards that I picked up at the bookstore, but honestly are no good unless ou know the basics of the class.