Guides and Tutorials

Our department is here to help you download, access, or locate anything you may need. We’ve prepared some guides to help you solve some of the most common problems EE students face. If this information doesn’t solve your problem, don’t hesitate to contact our Technical Support team for more help.

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Table of Contents

Use the links below to find the guide or tutorial you need to see.



Video Tutorials




Acquiring Supporting Documents

The Electrical Engineering Department requires students to attach different supporting documents to their forms before submitting them. We’ve put together a guide to simplify the document finding process.


  1. Visit one.SJSU and sign in using your SJSU ID and Password.

  2. Select MySJSU.

  3. Navigate to the Student Center. (This is usually the first page you see after logging into MySJSU.)

  4. Look for the section labeled “Academics” and locate the drop-down menu.

  5. Expand this menu to select the link you need. You’ll be able to find various documents by clicking on different links. For example:

    • Unofficial Transcripts can be found by selecting “Transcript: View Unofficial”

    • MyProgress Reports can be found by clicking “MyProgress”

    • Current Enrollment can be found by selecting “Class Schedule”

    • Course History can be found by clicking “Course History”

  6. Once you’ve selected the menu option for the document you need, click the double-arrow button next to the drop-down menu.
  7. Your document should appear on the screen. Some of these documents require an extra step after clicking the double-arrow button.

    For Class Enrollment, make sure to select “List View” from the Display Options available near the top of the page.

    For Course History, select “Show Courses from My Planner” from the Display Options available near the top of the page.

  8. Print or save your documents. Use your computer’s print shortcut (Ctrl+P for PCs, Command+P for Apple computers) to print the page or save it as a PDF.


Note: If you need official transcripts, click on the “Order Official Transcript” link found in the Academics section of the MySJSU Student Center.


DocuSign Access Code Guide

You may be required to provide an access code before filling out some EE Department forms. (Some of these forms include the Post-OPT/Pre-OPT forms, the application for EE 298i, and the Reduced Workload petition.) Read ahead to learn how you can reach your forms with an access code.


Requesting and Entering an Access Code

    1. You must first locate the form you need in our Graduate or Undergraduate Form pages to receive a code. When you find it, click on the link to get your form.

    2. You will then be prompted to enter your name and email. Make sure to enter this information correctly and exactly as it appears in your MySJSU account.

    3. After entering this information, you should receive an email containing the access code needed to start your form.

      Note: The code will be sent to the email address you entered in the previous step. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, please check your Spam, Promotion, and Trash folders.

    4. The email you received will also have a big button that says “Resume Signing.” Click on it, and you will be taken to DocuSign.

    5. DocuSign will prompt you to enter your code. Enter the access code exactly how it’s written and click the “Validate” button.

After following these steps, you should be able to complete your form and finish signing your documents.

Note: If you enter an incorrect Access Code three times, DocuSign will void your form. If this happens, visit our “Forms” pages to request your form again and restart the process for getting your access code.


What If I Didn’t Receive An Access Code In My Email?

If you checked your Spam, Promotion, and Trash and there was no Access Code email, you can still fill out your form. Follow the steps below:

    1. Log into your One.SJSU and find the search bar at the top of the page.

    2. Search for “DocuSign” and click on the DocuSign icon that appears below. 

    3. The icon will take you to DocuSign’s “Home” screen. Click on the “Manage” tab located in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

    4. You will see a list of all your DocuSign forms. Locate the form you’re trying to complete for the EE Department and click on the “Sign” button.

This process should allow you to fill out your forms and submit them to the Electrical Engineering Department like you usually would.


Note: If you’re still unable to access your DocuSign form after following these steps, visit our “Forms” pages to request your form again.

Local and Remote Login Into a Linux Machine

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools tend to be written for the Linux operating system. You can log into a Linux Machine in person, but you’ll generally be using these tools remotely.

There are currently 50 Linux Machines you can use.


Note: You will need to use the SJSU VPN if you’re logging into a Linux Machine remotely. You can find the student instructions for using the VPN by visiting the IT Department’s website.


Finding the Status of a Linux Machine:

To ensure that many users are not occupying the computer you’re logging into, click on this link to find a status report.

The status report will let you know how many active users are on each machine. Make sure to check the report every time before logging into a Linux Machine. Always select a computer with few users rather than just using your favorite one.


In-Person Login to the EE Linux Machines:

The Linux Machines are in rooms 289 and 291 of the engineering building. Gain access to these rooms by going to the EE office and asking for the door codes.

To sign in, sit down in front of a Linux machine and use your SJSU login credentials.


Remote Login to the EE Linux Machines Using the Remote Desktop Protocol:

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) can connect you to a Linux machine. Follow the instructions below to learn how to use this method.

Note: RDP can sometimes be troublesome. If it gives you too many problems, use the other method for remote login found below.


    1. Connect to the SJSU VPN, or this method will not work. Visit the IT Department’s website and follow the student instructions for connecting to the VPN.

    2. Open up a “Remote Desktop Connection” on your Windows machine, and a pop-up will appear.

    3. Enter the name of the machine you wish to connect to like so:

      Note: X should be an integer from 1 to 50. If you wish to connect to machine 1, enter

    4. A warning pop-up may appear. If this happens, you can clear the error message by clicking “yes.”

    5. Enter your SJSUone login information and click “ok.”

    6. After successfully entering your login credentials, you should see a new window that says “Authentication Required.” You will need to click the “Cancel” button up to 10 times to begin working.

    7. If you did not enter your SJSUone login credentials correctly, you would see a new window appear. Click “ok” to re-enter your login credentials.


Log-In to Linux Machines Using Putty and Xming

This method requires you to download the following open-source software packages. Once you have them downloaded, you can follow the instructions below to connect to a Linux Machine.

Download and install Putty

Download and install Xming


    1. Connect to the SJSU VPN, or this method will not work. Visit the IT Department’s website and follow the student instructions for connecting to the VPN.

    2. Open up Putty. You should see a window pop up.

    3. Run Xming in the background. (For windows, check the Hidden Icons at the bottom right of the screen. You should see an Xming icon.)

    4. Fill out the Putty login application. For “host name,” use the name of the machines you want to use. (For example, coe-ee-cadX, where X is an integer from 1 to 50)

    5. Click on SSH, then X11 in the category box of the Putty window.

    6. Enable X11 Forwarding.

    7. Click the “Open” button at the bottom of the Putty window. If a pop-up appears, select “Yes.”

    8. Enter your SJSUOne login credentials into the Putty window. If you have successfully logged in, you should see a command prompt appear.

    9. To test if the remote graphics are working, type in the following: edit &

    10. Press “enter” into the command line. A text editor should appear if you did this correctly.

    11. To exit gracefully, type in the Linux command exit and press enter.


Video Tutorials


Checking Declined DocuSign Envelopes

There may be situations in which the form you submitted to the Electrical Engineering Department gets declined. We’ve put together a short video to help you find out why your documents were not accepted.



Note: You may use this method on any denied envelope to check why the EE Department did not accept it.