This is an assignment I use to give students a sense of what kinds of problems real life, contemporary inorganic chemists work on. I start out by having them find 2 contemporary inorganic chemists. They give a 15-20 min presentation on their two chemists that gives a general overview of their research projects. Once everyone has done their general presentation, I have students choose a specific journal article by one of their chemists to present in class. I usually have this assignment run throughout the semester, with the general presentations taking place in the first half of the semester, followed by the journal articles done in the second half.
The main learning goal is for students to gain a sense of current research in the various sub-disciplines of inorganic chemistry. They also get a chance to refine their presentation skills and learn how to read/discuss journal articles.
It helps to have students give a list of 3-4 chemists they'd like to do early on in the assignment. That way you can arrange the lists to make sure that nobody is doing the same chemist and that you get a good representation of different sub-fields of inorganic chemistry.