For the third year biophysics course BIPH3001 I helped run this semester, part of the assessment required that students select a recent research paper and prepare a presentation fo r the class, explaining the basic results and commenting on the strengths and weaknesses of the paper.
After the experience I realised two important points about this exercise:
1. Students should explicitly show how material they learnt in the rest of the course helped them understand the paper.
2. Something very valuable can/should/may happen. Undergraduates learn that just because a research paper claims to have shown something does not mean that it is true. The sooner they learn a healthy scepticism the better.