In the classroom, I aim to facilitate student success by guiding students down the path of becoming self-directed, independent scholars. This is achieved by 1) recognizing that teaching thrives on interactions and open dialog, 2) building new concepts on prior knowledge, and 3) integrating historical perspectives and modern-day research advances. Below I have highlighted organized courses that I have taught at UT Dallas. -SCD 09/03/21

CHEM 3341 Inorganic Chemistry
Learning objectives:

  • Be able to explain atomic structure and bonding using currently accepted theories
  • Be able to use group theory to describe molecular orbital diagrams and molecular properties
  • Be able to integrate knowledge of atomic structure with the structure and properties of ionic and molecular compounds
  • Be able to explain the history, bonding, and properties of representative main group elements and coordination compounds

BIOL/CHEM 3361 Biochemistry I
Learning objectives:

  • Explain the basic thermodynamics governing biochemical reactions and use this information to solve problems involving biochemical thermodynamics
  • Recognize the molecular structures and describe the chemical properties of proteins, their amino acid residues, and carbohydrates; and solve related pH problems
  • Explain enzyme catalysis and regulation, and apply enzyme kinetics in problem solving
  • Describe the central pathways for the catabolism of glucose and complex carbohydrates, and gluconeogenesis
  • Understand the organization of electron transport chains, and the different mechanisms for ATP synthesis

CHEM 5361 Advanced Biochemistry
Learning objectives:

  • To understand the physiochemical forces that drive biomolecules to adopt specific structures, and the role of those structures in biomolecule function
  • To appreciate details in the synthesis and regulation of biomolecules in a cellular context
  • To explain the kinetic and thermodynamic frameworks governing biochemical reactions
  • To understand the laboratory techniques used in the study of biomolecule structure and function

CHEM 6v69 Supramolecular Recognition in Biology
Learning objectives:

  • To understand the chemical principles of host-guest chemistry with synthetic and biological receptors
  • To appreciate the details of biological recognition, catalysis, and transport with the biomolecules of life
  • To understand biological engineering techniques and applications