Course Syllabus

RE 61, Computer Applications for Real Estate
Section 0211 - Course Syllabus

Course Description

In this course, students examine a broad overview of Internet and software applications used in the day-to-day life of real estate and related professions. Computer technology has changed the way this country does business, particularly in the field of real estate. The course identifies hundreds of useful website addresses to help in computer and real estate-related tasks, as well as instruction on how best to access the information that the real estate agent/broker will need in the business. This course applies toward the educational requirements for either a salesperson or broker's license. It also meets the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) education requirements for the Salesperson or Brokers license.

Course Outline of Record:

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Create materials that would be used in marketing real estate.
  2. Explain the concept of social media and other computer applications and how it is essential to a career in real estate.
  3. Understand how to use technology to increase productivity.

Course Objectives:    

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Use software programs to create presentations and marketing materials.
  2. Describe how today's technology can be best used for marketing and promotional purposes in the real estate industry.
  3. Prepare and create written, visual, video, and audio content.
  4. Satisfy the California DRE elective education requirement for salespersons.
  5. Satisfy the California DRE mandatory education requirement for brokers.

Class Meetings

Class is Asynchronous, no scheduled meetings

Instructor Contact

Albert Yu, MBA, Ph.D.


Phone: (707) 778-3961

Office Hours: Online 11am-1pm Monday and Wednesday, 

In Person: PC 681 Tuesdays 11am-12pm. 

I respond to emails with 24 hours (48 hours on weekends)

Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmate's work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.


No textbook, free online resources in Canvas.

Required Software

You will need the following software for this course. 

Important Dates

Day Class Begins: 10/16/23

Day Class Ends: 12/8/23

Last Day to Add without instructor's approval: 10/18/23

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval: 10/25/23

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol: 10/25/23:

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: 11/28/23

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it to avoid getting no refund (after 10% of course length), a W symbol (after 20%), or a grade (after 60%). Also, for several consecutive, unexplained absences, the instructor may drop a student.

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. A “Q&A Forum” is also on Canvas to ask for assistance of your classmates or of instructor.


Students who do not log-in to an online class after the second day of the semester will be dropped from the class. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact me to avoid being dropped from the class.

Late Policy

All assignments are due at midnight PST on the due date. A late submission will receive a 20% penalty. Submissions more than one week late are not accepted without prior arrangement. Late work will not be graded unless student sends instructor an email with URL for late work.

Grading Policy

Visit the “Grades” in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade every week and post grades and comments on the online Canvas gradebook.

8 Assignments 15 points each - 120 points

8 Discussions 15 points each - 120 points

1 quiz - 10 points

250 points total

Grades will be assigned as follows:



225 points or more



200 to 224 points



175 to 199 points



150 to 174 points

If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's policy on Academic Integrity

Other Important Policies and Practices

Avoid Plagiarism Like the, er, Plague

Although most students have likely heard about plagiarism during their years of schooling, it still is prevalent-even in higher education.

The video below reviews what plagiarism is and how not to do it.

Plagiarism: How to avoid it

Netiquette, or Why Is It Harder to Be Polite Online?

Netiquette refers to using common courtesy in online communication. All members of the class are expected to follow netiquette in all course communications. Use these guidelines:

  • Use capital letters sparingly. THEY LOOK LIKE SHOUTING.
  • Forward emails only with a writer's permission.
  • Be considerate of others' feelings and use language carefully.
  • Cite all quotations, references, and sources (otherwise, it is plagiarism).
  • Use humor carefully. It is hard to "read" tone; sometimes humor can be misread as criticism or personal attack. Feel free to use emoticons like :) for a smiley face to let others know you are being humorous.
  • Use complete sentences and standard English grammar to compose posts. Write in proper paragraphs. Review work before submitting it.
  • Text speak, such as "ur" for "your" or "ru" for "are you" etc., is only acceptable when texting.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278), as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Course Summary:

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