Access OCE Course Resources


Open Computing Environments (OCE) accounts are designed to provide students with on-going access to computers labs and servers that are dedicated to supporting their major or division. Follow the steps below to access OCE course resources.

Steps to Take

For a Single Course

Logging into Unix systems will prompt you to select the environment. For example:

  Below is a list of the computing environments you have available.

        If one of them corresponds to the class for which you are logging
        in to do work, type its number and hit return.

        1) jsmith
        2) cs131s
        3) cs167s
        4) ee171s
        5) Stop asking me this

        Choose one, or hit enter to use personal account -->

In this case, John Smith needs to work on CSE 167 assignments, so he enters "3".

Changing Courses

Course resources may be accessed at any time using the prep command. This will require you to know your course identifier.

  prep cs131w

Once John has finished working on his CSE 131 courses, he wants to work on his ECE assignments.

  prep ee171s

For Instructor and TA accounts

Instructor, TA, and test student accounts are available for testing software, developing assignments, and troubleshooting problems from a student's perspective. Arrangements can be made to keep accounts and files online year-to-year for recurring courses.

If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk. You can call us at (858) 246-4357, email us at, or submit a ticket at