Your homework is to post, by next Wednesday, a cool or fun Java Applet of your own design. You are free to make it on any topic (art, politics, design, make a game, etc.). It's probably easiest for you to start with the tools I used in the examples (ie: extend the BufferedApplet class.
You now have ITS accounts for this class. If you need to find out anything about your ITS account, you can look at http://www.nyu.edu/its/accounts/forms/.
If you don't already have the Java Standard Development Kit (SDK), you'll want to download it from http://java.sun.com/j2se/downloads/.